The New York Institute of Art and Design offers online AutoCAD classes and because we do, we like to provide free tips for aspiring planners. Enjoy!
If you’re an interior designer and you haven't made an investment in an AutoCAD education yet, it might be a good idea to start considering it. Most importantly from a day to day perspective, working with this convenient software will significantly boost your productivity if you’re currently doing drawings by hand. If you consider how many parts of a standard floor plan are repetitive, working with a computerized tool cuts your drawing process nearly in half because of copy/pasting capabilities.
If you’re relatively new to the software and looking to experiment, the POLYGON command is a good place to start. Imagine having to mentally calculate and then manually draw however many polygons are in a given circle. You would need to divide the circle’s 360 degrees by the number of sides in a polygon. Each change in the number of sides would then require you to make a new calculation accommodating a different angle. Sound tedious? We agree.
Luckily, AutoCAD provides three super simple methods for users to input a polygon. The first method is called circumscribed, meaning that each face of that polygon touches the circle you choose. The second method is called inscribed. This method fits the extents of the polygon into your circle. The final method is called edge. This method instead lets users input how long you need each individual side to measure. All of those tedious calculations for your angles and side lengths are then done by AutoCAD- not by you.