Ways to create circles with Draftsight

Draftsight has more than a way to allow you create circles. Most time while drafting, creating a circle does not result only in entering the center point of the circle and the radius of the circle.

CIRCLES in Draftsight

The traditional way to create a circle in Draftsight, is the following

  1. Write C in the command line input and Press  ENTER
  2. Specify the center point
  3. Specify the radius and Press ENTER (Enter a dimension via the command line input and hit ENTER)

In the first step, you can write CIRCLE instead of C, C is an alias command (or keyboard shortcut) of the CIRCLE command. You can alternatively click on one of the circle icon shown on the image below

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As you might have already noticed, There are other ways to create circles. Let’s say, you want to enter the diameter of the circle while creating it, instead of the radius: There is an option for it. Notice other option on the image below.

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The second method: The Center, Diameter is similar to the traditional method the Center, Radius. Let’s look at other methods

2 points

If as an example, we need to create a circle having as information the 2 points where we need to hook the circle to, this is the option to use. In this case, we do not need to know what the radius or the center point of the circle is in order to draw it.

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3 points

The same principle applies here. If we want to put the circle just right at the edges of the triangles shown below, we can use the 3 points option of the circle command.

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Tangent, Tangent, Radius

To use this option, you need to know the radius of the circle to create and the 2 objects the circle will be tangent to. We used the first image to create the second.

Image 1

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Image 2

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Tangent, Tangent, Tangent

In this option, you need 3 tangent points to create the circle.

Image 1

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Image 2

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Final thought

The CIRCLE command should’n have any hidden trick to you from now on, with hope this has helped I will invite you to try this exercise to see if you have grasped it all.

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