Use the Draft Arc tool to create a circular arc by specifying the center, the radius, and the start and end angles. To draw an elliptical arc use Draft Ellipse. You can also approximate a circular arc by using the Draft BSpline, Draft BezCurve, and Draft CubicBezCurve tools.
- Press X, Y or Z after one point to constrain the following point on the given axis.
- To enter coordinates manually, simply enter the numbers, then press Enter between each X, Y and Z component.
- You can press the add point button when you have entered the desired values to insert the point.
- Press R or click the checkbox to toggle relative mode. If relative mode is on, the coordinates of the following point are relative to the previous one; if not, they are absolute, taken from the origin
(0, 0, 0).
- Hold Shift while drawing to constrain your next point horizontally or vertically in relation to the previous one.
- Press Esc or the Close button to abort the current command.
See also: Draft API and FreeCAD Scripting Basics.
There is no specific function to create an arc by three points.
To create an arc use the same function to create circles, with additional arguments. See the information in Draft Arc and Draft Circle.
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