A chamfer is a transitional edge between two or more faces of a body.
A fillet is a rounded edge of a body. You can create both of them with the same flow, by simply pulling edges.
Filleting a single edge
- Select one or more edges
- While pushing, pull up to have a fillet ("+" values), pull down to get a chamfer ("-" values).
- Set exact the dimensions in the Preferences panel.
- Notice, how in the case of filleting continuous edges the app fillets all of the edges, not just the selected one.
Filleting all edges of a face
- Select one or more faces
- Start to pull one of the edges and all edges adjacent to face will do the same
Modifying and deleting fillets/chamfers
After creation, you can modify or delete any fillet and chamfer with the familiar workflow:
- Select one or more face, that can be understood as a filleted, chamfered face.
- Pull up or down, depending on the desired outcome. Please note, in this case, you can't switch between fillets and chamfers, you have to delete a fillet and only then can you create a chamfer from the recreated edge.
- Let the pencil up, and fine-tune the dimensions in the Preferences panel.
- Select one or more face.
- Tap on the Delete button
You can use these tools to create products that don't have sharp edges for aesthetic or ergonomic reasons,
There are also certain situations when it is advised to use fillets. For example, when creating the male part of a snap fit joint the pressure on the joint disperses if there is a fillet on its edge. See the modeling difference in the comparison below:
This model will probably break even under a small pressure:
This model has a better durability: