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Constructing Rectangles

You can draw Rectangles with any size or orientation in the plane with square, filleted, or chamfered corners.

The Rectangle command provides the following options:

  • Corner. Creates a rectangle by specifying two opposite corner points.
  • 3 Point Corner. Creates a rectangle by specifying three points.
  • 3 Point Center. Creates a rectangle by specifying the center of the rectangle, the mid-point of a side and a corner.
  • Center. Creates a rectangle by specifying the center of the rectangle and a corner.
  • Parallelogram. Creates a parallelogram by specifying three corner points.

Note: You cannot create parallelograms with chamfered or filleted corners.

To construct a rectangle from two opposite corner points:

  1. Click Draw > Rectangle (or type Rectangle).
  2. In the graphics area, specify the start point of the rectangle or specify an option:
    • Chamfer. Lets you specify the chamfer distances for each corner.
    • Elevation. Lets you specify the elevation of the rectangle in 3D.
    • Fillet. Lets you specify the fillet radius for each corner.
    • Thickness. Lets you specify the thickness of the rectangle walls in 3D.
    • Line width. Lets you specify the 2D line width of the rectangle walls.
  3. In the graphics area, specify the opposite corner of the rectangle or specify an option:
    • Area. Defines the rectangle by the area and the length or width. (Chamfering or filleting of corners is incorporated into rectangle area calculations.)
    • Dimensions. Defines the rectangle by length and width.
    • Rotation. Rotates the length side of the rectangle by a specified angle before specifying the opposite corner.

To specify rectangle options:

  1. Type Rectangle at the command prompt.
  2. Specify an option:
    • Chamfer. Lets you specify the chamfer distances for each corner.
    • Elevation. Lets you specify the elevation of the rectangle in 3D.
    • Fillet. Lets you specify the fillet radius for each corner.
    • Thickness. Lets you specify the thickness of the rectangle walls in 3D.
    • Line width. Lets you specify the 2D line width of the rectangle walls.

    Note: The specified options remain active until you will specify other options.

  3. Press Enter.
  4. Repeat step 2 and 3 as necessary to set the options.
  5. Press Esc to exit the command or specify an option to draw a rectangle.

To construct a rectangle from three points:

  1. Click Draw > Rectangle > 3 Point Corner (or type Rectangle then specify the 3Corner option).
  2. In the graphics area, specify:
    1. First corner point.
    2. Second corner point to define the first side of the rectangle.
    3. Third point.

To construct a rectangle from the center, mid-point, and a corner point:

  1. Click Draw > Rectangle > 3 Point Center (or type Rectangle then specify the 3Point center option).
  2. In the graphics area, specify:
    1. Center point of the rectangle.
    2. The mid-point of a side.
    3. A corner point.

To construct a rectangle from the center point:

  1. Click Draw > Rectangle > Center (or type Rectangle then specify the Center option).
  2. In the graphics area, specify:
    1. Center point of the rectangle.
    2. A corner of the rectangle.

To construct a parallelogram:

Note: You cannot create parallelograms with chamfered or filleted corners.

  1. Click Draw > Rectangle > Parallelogram (or type Rectangle then specify the Parallelogram option).
  2. In the graphics area, specify:
    1. First corner of the parallelogram.
    2. Second point to define the first side of the parallelogram.
    3. Specify the third point of the parallelogram.

Regular rectangle:

Rectangle with Chamfer option:

Rectangle with Fillet option:

Access

Command: Rectangle

Menu: Draw > Rectangle



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