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If you’re starting to become relatively comfortable navigating the AutoCAD software, consider trying something new by experimenting with the polygon command.
In order to effectively calculate and subsequently draw the number of polygons within a given circle, you would need to divide the 360 degrees of said circle by the number of sides in said polygon- reasonably simple. However, calculating how long each side of the polygon would need to be in order to fit into a defined space is something much more difficult to achieve.
Luckily, AutoCAD provides designers with three convenient methods to input a polygon:
- Circumscribed — meaning each face of the polygon touches the circle of your choice
- Inscribed — meaning the software fits the extents of the polygon into the circle
- Edge — meaning you can input how long you need each side to measure
Moving forward with this user-friendly tool, the calculations for the angle and length of polygon sides are completed automatically by AutoCAD. You’ll be sure to appreciate this feature if you’re ever required to draw a gazebo, hex head screw or bolt during one of your projects.