# Measuring a section of a circle in AutoCAD / Draftsight?

#### spinnaker

Joined Oct 29, 2009
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I would like to measure the distance between two lines in a circle in Draftsight Really what I want to do is to place a tick mark on the edge of the circle as shown below, I want the tick mark to be right in the center of the two lines.

Draftsight has a Arc Length dimension feature but it is saying dimension is not a arc.

#### spinnaker

Joined Oct 29, 2009
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Well I got it but it was really ugly. What I did was to temporarily split out that arc. I then copied it to another drawing and restored what I had. I then went to the temporary drawing and copied and pasted the arc to my main drawing and lined it up with the circle. I was then able to find the center.

Hopefully there is an easier way.

#### shortbus

Joined Sep 30, 2009
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Isn't what you want a "chord". Knowing the radius (or diameter) of the circle and the angle should give a chord. Or at least that's what it was called where I worked.

#### spinnaker

Joined Oct 29, 2009
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Isn't what you want a "chord". Knowing the radius (or diameter) of the circle and the angle should give a chord. Or at least that's what it was called where I worked.

You should know by now I am math handicap. The angle is 30 degrees. The radius of the circle is 1.8250". I do seem to remember from my geometry classes that I should be able to determine that distance but damns if I can remember.

#### spinnaker

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#### jpanhalt

Joined Jan 18, 2008
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Just bisect the angle using equal-radius arcs, draw, and copy.

In my CAD program, it would be easy. As your radii intersect the perimeter, one click and the perimeter is segmented at those intersections. Then draw to the midpoint of each segment.

EDIT: Are you still trying to make one of these?

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#### Alec_t

Joined Sep 17, 2013
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Can you just draw one tick mark on the outer circle, then use the align/distribute tool to copy-and-rotate, with a 30° increment, to get the others?

#### eetech00

Joined Jun 8, 2013
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Much of how AutoCAD acts on an object is the way the object was drawn. In other words, it won’t divide an arc if it thinks is a circle. Try dividing the circle into double the number of spokes.

#### shortbus

Joined Sep 30, 2009
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You should know by now I am math handicap.
Believe me I suffer from the same malady.

Found this.

https://planetcalc.com/1421/

Works to get the length but I still needed a way to measure the midpoint in Draftsight.
When still working I always had to get out my "Machinery's Handbook" to find the formulas. Didn't have online access for such calculators. The other guys always made fun because I couldn't memorize the formulas.

#### spinnaker

Joined Oct 29, 2009
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Much of how AutoCAD acts on an object is the way the object was drawn. In other words, it won’t divide an arc if it thinks is a circle. Try dividing the circle into double the number of spokes.

What I ended up doing. But there HAS to be an easier way. These CAD programs already do such amazing stuff. Hard to believe it doesn't have that feature.

#### spinnaker

Joined Oct 29, 2009
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Can you just draw one tick mark on the outer circle, then use the align/distribute tool to copy-and-rotate, with a 30° increment, to get the others?
I will look it up to see if Draftsight has that. Or are you already refering to Draftsight?

#### eetech00

Joined Jun 8, 2013
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What I ended up doing. But there HAS to be an easier way. These CAD programs already do such amazing stuff. Hard to believe it doesn't have that feature.
If this is AutoCAD it does have that feature...I think it’s called “divide”.

Joined Jul 18, 2013
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Also another way in Acad is to measure the angle of the adjacent radial lines and draw a line from centre to circ at the centre angle of the two and then place a point where the line intersects the circ.
Delete the line.
Max.

#### Alec_t

Joined Sep 17, 2013
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Or are you already refering to Draftsight?
I was thinking the freeware LibreCad, but assumed all reputable CAD software has a similar tool. As I mentioned in another thread, I uninstalled Draftsight when it started nagging for a fee.

#### spinnaker

Joined Oct 29, 2009
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I was thinking the freeware LibreCad, but assumed all reputable CAD software has a similar tool. As I mentioned in another thread, I uninstalled Draftsight when it started nagging for a fee.

I have not been nagged yet. I also use LiteCAD. Each product seems to do some things better. LiteCAD is superior at text IMHO.