How to Create Fillet Using AutoCAD

Filleting connects two objects with a smoothly fitted arc of a specified radius. An inside corner is called a fillet and an outside corner is called a round; you can create both using FILLET in AutoCAD.

You can fillet
Arcs
Circles
Ellipses and elliptical arcs
Lines
Polylines
Rays
Splines
Xlines
Using FILLET is also a convenient method of creating an arc with a specified radius that is tangent to two selected objects. FILLET can be used to round all corners on a polyline using a single command.

If both objects being filleted are on the same layer, the fillet arc is created on that layer. Otherwise, the fillet arc is created on the current layer. The layer affects object properties including color and linetype.

Use the Multiple option to fillet more than one set of objects without leaving the command.



Set the Fillet Radius
The fillet radius is the radius of the arc that connects filleted objects. Changing the fillet radius affects subsequent fillets. If you set the fillet radius to 0, filleted objects are trimmed or extended until they intersect, but no arc is created.

Trim and Extend Filleted Objects
You can use the Trim option to specify whether the selected objects are trimmed or extended to the endpoints of the resulting arc or left unchanged. By default, all objects except circles, full ellipses, closed polylines, and splines are trimmed or extended when filleted.

Control the Location of the Fillet
Depending on the locations you specify, more than one possible fillet can exist between the selected objects. Compare the selection points and resulting fillets in the illustrations.

Fillet Line and Polyline Combinations
For you to fillet line and polyline combinations, the line or its extension must intersect one of the polyline line segments. If the Trim option is on, the filleted objects and the fillet arc join to form a single new polyline.

Fillet an Entire Polyline
You can fillet an entire polyline or remove fillets from an entire polyline.

If you set a nonzero fillet radius, AutoCAD inserts fillet arcs at the vertex of each polyline segment that is long enough to accommodate the fillet radius.

If two polyline line segments converge as they approach an arc segment that separates them, AutoCAD removes the arc segment and replaces it with a fillet arc.

If you set the fillet radius to 0, no fillet arcs are inserted. If two polyline line segments are separated by one arc segment, AutoCAD removes that arc and extends the lines until they intersect.

Fillet Parallel Lines
You can fillet parallel lines, xlines, and rays. AutoCAD ignores the current fillet radius and creates an arc that is tangent to both parallel objects and located in the plane common to both objects.

The first selected object must be a line or a ray, but the second object can be a line, an xline, or a ray. The fillet arc connects as shown in the illustration.


Fillet in 3D
You can fillet coplanar objects with extrusion directions not parallel to the Z axis of the current UCS. AutoCAD determines the extrusion direction for the fillet arc in 3D space as follows.

For objects on the same plane with the same extrusion direction normal to that plane, the fillet arc is on that plane and has the same extrusion direction.

If the objects are on the same plane but have opposite or different extrusion directions, the fillet arc is placed on that object plane with an extrusion direction normal to the object plane and inclined towards the positive Z direction of the current UCS. For example, suppose two arcs, A and B, are on the same plane in 3D space but have opposite extrusion directions (0,0.5,0.8) and (0,–0.5,–0.8) relative to the current UCS. The fillet arc adopts the extrusion direction (0,0.5,0.8).

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