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 remove Hatch Holes in AutoCAD (With 2 Clicks!)

Today, we are going to learn How to Fix AutoCAD Hatch Holes and How to add new Hatch Boundaries! But What are the holes in Hatch objects in the first place?

A Hole in Hatch is usually created when we remove an object that was present when the Hatch was made. In most of the cases, these are Text or Mtext objects that were removed in a later stage of the drawing.
For a long time, I was trying to remove the unwanted Hole in the Hatch by deleting the vertexes or modifying them so it is not seen (Missing Hatch Grips in AutoCAD). However, this is a very long process and often times the result isn’t great!

Remove Hatch Holes

So to permanently Remove Hatch Holes in AutoCAD, follow these simple steps:

  1. Select the “broken” Hatch object
  2. On the contextual Hatch Editor Ribbon tab, click on Remove Boundary Objects
  3. Select the Boundaries that you want to be erased.
  4. Hit Enter!

That is it! You’ve fixed the Hatch Holes!

Note: If you are not using Ribbon tabs, after selecting the Hatch, right-click and choose Hatch Edit…, there you will find the same Remove Boundaries Button.

Add new Hatch Boundary

On the other hand, you may need to add a new hatch boundary, for example, to trim a Hatch around a Text or Dimension. To do that, do the following steps:

  1. Select the Hatch you want to edit.
  2. On the contextual Hatch Editor Ribbon tab, click on Select Boundary Objects
  3. Select the objects around which you want to trim the Hatch.
  4. Hit Enter!

Ready! You’ve just added a new Hatch Boundary!

Note: If you select a geometry outside the Hatch object it will be added and Hatched too!

Note2: If you are not using Ribbon tabs, after selecting the Hatch, right-click and choose Hatch Edit…, there you will find Add: Select Objects button!

Learn how to Turn Off Hatches in AutoCAD (2 Simple Solutions!), Join Separate Hatches into One (Merge Hatch Objects in AutoCAD! or Create Separate Hatches Fast and Easy! or many more AutoCAD Tips & Tricks!

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