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Drawing circles

The default method for drawing a circle is to specify a center point and radius. You can draw circles using any of the following methods:

  • Center-Radius ()
  • Center-Diameter ()
  • Two points ()
  • Three points ()
  • Radius-Tangent-Tangent ()
  • Convert Arc to Circle ()

To draw a circle by specifying its center and radius

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Insert > Circle.
    • On the Draw 2D toolbar, click the Circle Center-Radius tool ().
    • Type circle and then press Enter.
  2. Specify the center point.
  3. Specify the radius of the circle.

 

Center point (A) and radius (B).

To draw a circle tangent to existing entities

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Insert > Circle.
    • On the Draw 2D toolbar, click the Circle Radius-Tangent tool (). Go to step 3.
    • Type circle and then press Enter.
  2. In the prompt box, choose Radius-Tangent-Tangent.
  3. Specify the radius of the circle.
  4. Select the first entity to which to draw the circle tangent.
  5. Select the second entity to which to draw the circle tangent.

 

Radius of circle (A) and tangent lines (B) and (C).

To convert an arc to a circle

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Insert > Circle.
    • On the Draw 2D toolbar, click the Convert Arc to Circle tool (). Go to step 3.
    • Type circle and then press Enter.
  2. In the prompt box, choose Turn Arc Into Circle.
  3. Select the arc you want to convert to a circle.

 

Select an arc (A) to convert to a circle.

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