DraftSight: Chamfer your Chamber

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After learning how to use DraftSight’s Fillet feature (mentioned last blog) I noticed the Chamfer icon located directly under it in the customizable ribbon. As previously expressed, the Fillet function has become one of my favorite operations, because it adds detail and clarity to my designs, giving them a polished and professional appearance. So, I was very curious to see if Chamfer would live up to the greatness of its neighbor, and luckily, I can confirm it does.

I often use both features together to make my DraftSight drawings appear as realistic and intricate as possible. Chamfer operates just like Fillet and gives a similar effect, but rather than adding curves to your corners, it creates an additional edge that connects your two selected entities.

Rather than choosing the radius of your Fillet, you specify where you want the Chamfer to begin on each entity, by right clicking and pressing Distance. Alternatively, you have the option to choose the angle of your chamfered edge, by right clicking and selecting Angle – DraftSight will then prompt you to specify the distance, followed by the angle of your liking.

Like Fillet, Chamfer also gives you the option to choose whether or not you want to trim your corners, or just add an additional edge to the existing ones.

Bonus Tip: if the edges you want to Fillet or Chamfer are part of a polyline, DraftSight won’t be able to detect which corner you want to revise – to fix this problem, just press the Explode icon in the ribbon, apply it to your entity, and you’ll be good to go.

The Chamfer command can enhance the accuracy of the portrayal of your vision, so I hope this post encourages you to experiment with it in your designs!

Check out the video below to see Chamfer at work!


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Rachael Crunkleton
I’m a first time CAD user with an interest in architectural design. I discovered CAD through my background in presenting applications and studying new types of software. With the help of DraftSight, I’m developing my drawing abilities and sharing my progress along the way.
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