How to Create Hatch From Block in AutoCAD?

In this article, you will learn how to create your own Hatch pattern from a Block object. Instead of using the standard hatches preset in AutoCAD or importing custom hatch .PAT files from the internet.

Keep in mind, that we are going to use the AutoCAD Express Tools that are only available in the full AutoCAD software and not in the AutoCAD LT version.

How to create Hatch from Block in AutoCAD

For better understanding, we are going to separate the process of creating a hatch from a block into several easy-to-follow steps you can find below.

  1. The first and most obvious step is to either create or choose a block for the new Hatch pattern. It is important to have well defined insertion point of the block.
  2. Go to Express Tools ribbon tab and click on the Super Hatch Icon.
  3. A new window will pop-up, there, click on the second option Block…
  4. On the next screen, select the Block you would like to use for the hatch by name. Then you can choose to either Specify parameters on Screen, or directly fill them in here.

    For the example we will choose to Specify on screen.
    • After clicking on OK, AutoCAD will prompt for Insertion point on the screen for the Block. You can also select one of the following options: Basepoint/Scale/X/Y/Z/Rotate.
    • When Inserction point is specified, AutoCAD will then prompt to enter the X scale factor.
    • Next, enter the Y scale factor.
    • Lastly, specify the rotation of the block on the screen.
    • When finished, the software will show you the block as you have specified it and ask you to confirm the placement.
  5. When the block is placed on the screen, AutoCAD will ask you to specify the block boundary. This is important if you would like to have a gaps around the block see the example below.
  6. The final step is to pick inside of an enclosed area to add the Hatch. Or click on Advanced options to select the Boundary set/Island detection.

This was the fastest and easiest way to create a custom Hatch from Block in AutoCAD!

Note: The Super Hatch is now a “group” of objects and not a true hatch. This is why if you decide to modify the boundary, it will not be “associative”.

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How to Import new Hatch Patterns in AutoCAD (for Windows)

The Hatch object in AutoCAD is used to fill a pattern inside an enclosed area. (How to Hatch non-closed Area in AutoCAD) There are several hatch patterns already preset in AutoCAD. You can choose the desired pattern from a list of preset hatches according to the requirements.

Oftentimes, we need to use different, hatches than the ones included in AutoCAD by default. So today, we will go check How to Import new Hatch patterns in AutoCAD using PAT files.

Import Hatch in AutoCAD

Files with .PAT extensions can be used to get information about the texture/filling of an area. The patterns contained in those files give information about the appearance of material to drawn objects in AutoCAD.

To import the new Hatch in AutoCAD, you need to paste the. PAT file to the support folder of your PC. the Added .PAT files will list under the User Defined or Custom hatch menu within AutoCAD.

  • C:\Users\user name\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\AutoCAD version\enu\Support

If you can’t see the AppData folder make sure to make hidden files and folders visible.

Insert new Hatch in custom Folder

If you would like to keep all new custom Hatches in a separate folder, away from the support files in AutoCAD, there is a way to achieve that too. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Right click on the AutoCAD draft screen and click on Options (you can also, open the Options tab by clicking on the application menu and choosing Options)
  2. In the Options window, go to Files tab, there select and expand the Support File Search Path.
  3. Now, click on Add at the upper right corner of the screen.
  4. A new line will appear, here, either paste the path to the new Hatch folder, or click on Browse…
    1. A new Window will pop-up, here browse to the folder to add and hit OK.
  5. Finally, hit OK in the Options window tab.

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How to Add a Break-Line in Dimensions? AutoCAD Tips!

Oftentimes, when drawing Details or Sections we need to show only a part of the whole drawing. To illustrate the continuation of the part usually we use Breaklines or Jog lines. These line breaks could be easily drawn by hand or by using the Break-line Symbol tool from the Express Tools. It gets more challenging though when drawing a Dimension break line.
As we’ve already discussed, Dimensions are some of the most important and often used objects in AutoCAD. This is why we should be able to quickly add a Dimension line break / Dimension line jog to illustrate that the object is bigger than depicted in the drawing.

Add Dimension Break symbol in AutoCAD

To add a Dimension break in AutoCAD we will use the DIMJOGLINE command, or more particularly follow the steps below:

  1. First, draw in the linear dimensions as normal.
  2. Then, type in the command line DIMJOGLINE and hit enter.
  3. AutoCAD will ask you to Select dimension to add jog or [Remove]: Select the dimension you want to add the breakline into.
  4. Lastly, specify the location of the Break/Jog symbol on the Dimension line.

Repeat the procedure for all the dimensions you need.

To Remove the break symbol from dimension, repeat the command. This time before selection of the dimension type in R for Remove, and then select the Dimension, to remove the jog.

Edit Dimension Jog Size

The editing of the Dimension Jog symbol is done from the Dimension Style Manager, as are all other dimension style settings.

  1. To Open Dimension Style Manager go to the Annotate Ribbon tab, under Dimensions, at the lower right corner, click on the small arrow.
  2. Select the Dimension Style you are using and hit Modify…
  3. Then, under Symbols and Arrows tab, at the lower right corner is located the Jog Height factor relative to the Text Height.

    Jog height is determined by the distance between the two verticles of the angles that make up the Jog.

This is the best and easiest way to add a Dimension Break symbol in AutoCAD. There are lots of other AutoCAD Tricks that you could learn with us!
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How to create Area Table for Hatch objects in AutoCAD?

In today’s post, we will look at How to Create Area Table from Hatch in AutoCAD. Similar to our previous post on How to Create Automatic Area Label (4 Step Solution!), we will again look at Automatic ways to display the area of objects. This time, however, we will create a Table that displays the areas of different Hatch Objects separated by layer and color.

For better understanding, we will use an example containing 3 shapes with different areas hatched using different layers.

We already know how to easily get the Total Length, Area, and Volume of Multiple Objects instead of this to get the separate area we shall go through several steps:

  1. Type in the command line DATAEXTRACTION.
  2. A window will pop out, select Create a new data extraction and click Next.
  3. AutoCAD will ask you to specify destination of the new data extraction, then on the second screen, mark Select objects in the current drawing and click on the Select button. After selecting the hatches, click Next.
  4. On the next page, you can see the objects selected, in the example you can see i’ve selected the hatches together with a Polyline and Circle. I would unmark the polyline and the circle as they are not needed at the moment and hit Next.
  5. On the 4th page we have to select the necessary data we will extract. In order to create a Area table from Hatches, select General and Geometry filters and then select Area, Color and Layer Properties, then hit Next.
  6. Next page we can reorder, sort columns, add formula columns etc. In the example we have excluded the column count and name, you can edit the table as you see fit. After that click Next.
  7. Page 6 contains the output options, we select the desired output and hit again Next.
  8. On the 7th page, you can select the table style from an existing one or create a new one. Here, you can also structure the area by adding table Title and revising the cell styles. When you are ready with the style hit Next.
  9. The last page gives us instructions on inserting the table to the drawing and the creation of external files after finishing the extraction, here just click on Finish.
  10. The final step is to place the newly created Hatch Area Table somewhere on the Screen!

This is the Fastest and Easiest way to create an Area table for your Hatch objects or in fact every object without the need for any additional software.

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When Moved the object Elevation Changes in AutoCAD?

Learn why when Move or Copy in AutoCAD, program changes object Elevations and How to Stop That!

Why, when I move polyline in AutoCAD it changes the polyline elevation? Why when moving COGO Points in Civil 3D they lose their elevations? When I copy objects in AutoCAD they change their elevations, why?
The answers to these and other questions related to Elevations and Move in AutoCAD will be answered here!

AutoCAD Elevation OSNAP

The system variable OSNAPZ was introduced back in AutoCAD 2006 version. It controls whether object snaps are automatically projected onto a plane parallel to the XY plane of the current UCS at the current elevation. According to Autodesk’s site. Or in simpler words, OSNAPZ controls whether the objects/cursor will Snap and change the Z value (elevation) of the object.

To copy or move without changing the election, type on the command line OSNAPZ and enter 0.

OSNAPZ, 0 – Osnap uses the Z-value of the specified point

OSNAPZ, 1 – Osnap substitutes the Z-value of the specified point with the elevation (ELEV) set for the current UCS

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How to Create Angular Dimension larger than 180 Degrees in AutoCAD?

How to create an Angular Dimension for larger than 180-degree angles? This is the topic of today’s article and as I said in previous posts, Dimensions are one of the most important objects in our Drawings. Without Dimensions, a drawing will be closer to a painting. This is the reason why we have so many Dimension Related topics. So being able to dimension properly is of great importance to every professional.

By default, AutoCAD’s Angular Dimension

DIMANGULAR is limited to angles less than 180 degrees. Or it seems like that:

At the first glance, it seems like this is the case. However, it is possible to create an Angular Dimension Larger than 180 Degrees using DIMANGULAR, to do that, you need to follow the steps below:

  1. Type on the command line DIMANGULAR and hit Enter. (or click on the icon)
  2. AutoCAD will prompt to Select arc, circle, line, or <specify vertex>: hit Enter again.
  3. Now, AutoCAD will ask to Specify angle vertex: pick the vertex (corner) of the desired angle.
  4. Next, on Specify first angle endpoint: pick one end of the lines.
  5. On Specify second angle endpoint: pick the end of the other line.
  6. Lastly, place the Dimension on the screen!

This is by far, the easiest way to create a dimension for larger than 180-degree angles!

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Missing Layers in AutoCAD drop-down List. How to find them?

Today’s issue we are going to tackle is the missing Layers in the drop-down Layer list or in the AutoCAD Layer Manager.
If your AutoCAD doesn’t list all the layers you know there are in the current drawing, don’t worry, there are two highly likely reasons for this. And we are going to look at them both. So let’s start with the first one.

Layers Filter causing Missing Layers

The first thing we are going to check is the Layer Filters. If a filter is in use, then, only the layers that correspond to the said filter will be displayed.

As a whole Layer Filters can be extremely useful when working on drawings with lots of Layers. By using the Layer Filter, you can control which Layer names are listed in Layer Properties Manager. You can filter your layers automatically by the range of properties or manually.
To learn more about Layer Filters, check the post on Autodesk’s site: Using Layer Filters

To Turn On all the Missing Layers, open the Layer Properties Manager and make sure that on the left side, under Filters, the selected one is All.

If you are working on a drawing that someone else has sent you, they could select one of the other Layer filters or create their own. That way some of the layers won’t be listed.

System Variable MAXSORT

If even after selecting “All” for the Layer Filters, some of the layers are missing from the Layer Properties Manager or the Layer Tab drop-down menu, you can check if the MAXSORT system variable is turned on and is causing this issue.

MAXSORT variable sets the maximum number of listed layers names, block names, and file names that are sorted in drop-down lists and palettes. The initial value is 1000 and can go up to 32767 according to Autodesk.

If the MAXSORT is changed to less than the number of layers in the current drawing then, not all layers will be listed, so make sure it is not changed. Or if it is, set it back to 1000 it should be well enough for any drawing.

To check the value, on the command line type in MAXSORT. AutoCAD will prompt to Enter new value for MAXSORT <1000>: type in 1000 if the value is set to less.

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AutoCAD Arc Tricks (3 Interesting Arc Tricks)

Circles and Arcs are quite important AutoCAD Objects. Working with them is a bit challenging at the beginning, however, with time they start to make a lot of sense! We have older arc/circle-related topics that can be very useful for you. Just like the one where we explain 3 Ways to Convert Circle to Polyline in AutoCAD, Draw Tangent Line in AutoCAD, or How to Draw Circle Tangent to Two Lines/Circles.
In this post, we will look at some new fascinating Arc tricks that will definitely come in handy in moments of need! So without further ado, let’s get into the first one!

How to Draw Bisector of an Angle in AutoCAD using an Arc

The first Arc Trick that we are going to learn is Drawing Bisector in AutoCAD for any angle!

To draw Bisector in AutoCAD, Follow the steps below:
  1. Draw a Circle with Center at the intersection of the two Lines.
  2. Use Trim to erase the outter part of the drawn Circle.
  3. Draw a Line starting from the intersection of the two original lines (Circle Center), and ending at the Middle of the new Arc.

The last line you’ve drawn is the bisector of the Angle!

Draw the Point of Intersection of Arc Tangents

To draw the Point of Intersection of the Tangents of an existing Arc we will go through the following steps:

  1. First, Draw a Line from the Start of the Arc to the Arc’s Center point (Radius).
  2. Second, Draw a line from the end of the Arc to the Arc’s Center point (Second Radius).
  3. Next, Draw lines perpendecular to the radius lines.
  4. Now, Move the Perpendecular lines to the end of the Radius. These are the Tangents of the curve.
  5. Lastly, extend both lines, their intersection is the Point of Intersection of Arc Tangents.

This is the easiest way to draw the Tangent of Curve in AutoCAD and then draw the intersection of both Tangents.

How to Draw a Tangent Reverse Curve in AutoCAD using Circles

The last trick we will discuss today will be drawing a tangential reverse curve with a known radius. Again, the steps are as follows:

  1. Firstly, Draw a Radius from the end of the existing Curve.
  2. Secondly, extend the radius line with the amount equal to the Reverse Curve Radius.
  3. Lastly, Draw a Circle the center of which is the end of the radius line.

In Conclusion…

There are a lot of different ways to draw something in AutoCAD. Arcs and Circles may seem complicated at first, but when you draw a few drafting will become easier and more intuitive.

Today we’ve learned how to Draw the Bisector of an Angle using a Circle, how to Draw the Point of Intersection of Arc Tangents, and How to Draw a Tangent Reverse Curve in AutoCAD using Circles. Let us know if you know easier ways to draw these elements in the comments below.

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How to Add Boundary of Viewport to Model Space in AutoCAD! (2 Easy Tricks!)

Today we are going to look at How to add the Viewport Boundary to the Model Space in AutoCAD. This can be quite useful especially if you have several viewports. That way while drawing in the model space you would know the boundaries of the viewport and won’t go outside of those.
If you are currently not using AutoCAD Layouts and Viewports it is very important to start now as this will drastically improve your AutoCAD Productivity. Check out our Post where go through 8 Reasons to start using AutoCAD Layouts!

Add Viewport Boundary in Model Space using Change Space!

The First trick we will use is the Change Space Command. We have previously explained what it does and how to use it in How to Move Objects From Model space to Paper Space (And Vice Versa).
To quickly move the Viewport boundary follow the steps below:

  1. In the Layout tab, draw a polyline around the outside of the viewport.
  2. Type on the command line CHSPACE to trigger Change Space Command.
  3. AutoCAD will ask you to select Objects to move to the Model Space. Select The Polyline boundary and hit Enter.
  4. Now, click in the Viewport to select it and hit Enter to move the Polyline in.

That was it, you successfully added the viewport boundary to Model Space!

Viewport Boundary to Model Space using AutoLISP

The second trick is the fastest and easiest way to add a Viewport boundary to Model Space. For it, we will use a LISP, this is a custom program added to AutoCAD. To find out more about AutoLISP in AutoCAD and how to use it check out our post: Accelerate Your Work with AutoLISP! (Only 3 Easy Steps!).
The LISP we will use is created by LeeMac@ from there you can find more great LISP Routines! Now, follow the steps below:

  1. Download the LISP routine from here.
  2. Load the LISP in AutoCAD using our Guide.
  3. In the paperspace, type on the Command Line VPO to trigger the program.
  4. Select the Viewport Boundary
  5. Hit Enter to finish the program.

That is all! Just one command!

Add all Viewport Boundaries at Once!

The same LISP has even more to offer! More particularly, you can Add viewport Boundaries to Model Space off all viewports at once!
Type on the Command Line VPOL to Outline All Viewports in the Active Layout.
Or type VPOA to Automatically Outline All Viewports all Layouts.

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Copy Layouts in AutoCAD (3 Extremely Simple Methods)

Today we are discussing the topic of How to Copy Layouts in AutoCAD. I am going to explain 3 different methods, each suitable for a different occasion so you can choose the best one for you!

Creating Layouts from scratch every time can be very time-consuming and annoying. This is why the idea to Copy an already created Layout in the drawing or Import a layout from an older AutoCAD Drawing you’ve worked on is great!
Two of the tricks we are going to look at will help us Copy a Layout from Another Drawing file, while the last one will let us create a copy of a layout in the current drawing.

Copy Layout from another Drawing in AutoCAD

Often times when starting a new project or just a new drawing, we may want to use an already existing template. This template can include preset viewports, title block, text fields, etc. Alternatively, we may want to Import a preset Layout setup used in older a drawing. So to Copy a layout from another drawing in AutoCAD, follow the steps below:

  1. First, in the current drawing Right-Click on a Layout Tab below, and choose From Template…
  2. Next, a window will pop-up called Select Template from file, here navigate to the file you want to Copy a layout from and hit Open. It can be either Drawing file .dwg or a Drawing template .dwt.
  3. Finally, AutoCAD will ask which layouts do you want to Import in the current drawings. Choose the ones you need and hit Open.

    You can chose more than one!

That was it, you successfully Copied a Layout from another Drawing!

Import Layout from an Active Drawing

The second Trick will let us copy a layout from another currently Active Drawing. I really like this one, as I don’t have to navigate to the directory of the other file. It can be really helpful when you are using a lot of different layouts and not all of them are arranged in templates.
To import a layout from active drawing follow these steps:

  1. In the new drawing, type on the command line ADCENTER to open the Design Center.
  2. There, go to Open Drawings tab and click on Layouts, under the drawing you are going to use as a template.
  3. At Right side, you will see all the layouts in that drawing. Right-Click on the one you want to import and hit Add Layout(s)

Note: You can select more than one layout from the list and add those at once!

Copy Layouts in the Current Drawing

The last method will let us copy already created layouts in the current Drawing. It is quite basic but can still save us lots of time! To make a Copy of Layouts in the current Drawing, follow the steps below:

  1. Right-Click on the Layout you want to copy.
  2. Select Move or Copy…
  3. A window will pop up, there select where to paste the copied Layout and dont forget to check Create a copy mark.
  4. Hit OK!

The new Copy of the chosen Layout will be placed before the layout selected in the Move or Copy window.

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