In AutoCAD, the command used to draw a rectangle is RECTANG. This command allows you to create a rectangular shape by specifying two opposite corners of the rectangle. Let’s take a closer look at how to use this command and explore some of its options.
Using the RECTANG Command
To start using the RECTANG command, you can either type it in the command line or access it from the Draw panel in the AutoCAD ribbon. Once activated, you will be prompted to specify the first corner of the rectangle.
Step 1: Click on a point in your drawing where you want one corner of the rectangle to be located. You can also enter precise coordinates if needed.
Step 2: Move your cursor to specify the second corner of the rectangle. You will notice that as you move your cursor, AutoCAD displays dynamic feedback, showing you a preview of how your rectangle will look.
Note: If you want to create a square instead of a rectangle, simply enter an equal value for both dimensions when specifying the second corner.
The Options for Drawing Rectangles
The RECTANG command has additional options that allow you to customize your rectangles further. These options can be accessed through various methods such as typing specific keywords or using function keys.
- Precision: By default, AutoCAD asks for precise input when specifying points. However, if you want to quickly draw rectangles without being prompted for precision each time, you can turn off this feature by entering ‘0’ or ‘OFF’ when prompted.
- Fillet Radius: The fillet radius option allows you to round off corners of rectangles by specifying a radius value. This can be useful when you want to create rectangles with rounded edges.
To use this option, simply enter the desired radius when prompted.
- Rotation: AutoCAD also allows you to rotate rectangles while drawing them. To rotate the rectangle, enter the rotation angle when prompted. You can use positive or negative values for clockwise or counterclockwise rotation, respectively.
- Undo: If you make a mistake while drawing a rectangle, you can use the Undo command (Ctrl+Z) to remove the last segment of the rectangle and start over.
The RECTANG command in AutoCAD is a versatile tool that allows you to create rectangular shapes easily. By specifying two opposite corners, you can draw rectangles of any size and orientation. Additionally, the command offers options such as precision control, fillet radius, rotation, and undo functionality to enhance your workflow and make the process more efficient.
Now that you are familiar with using the RECTANG command in AutoCAD, you can start incorporating rectangles into your drawings with confidence!