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.
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.
Go to Express Tools ribbon tab and click on the Super Hatch Icon.
A new window will pop-up, there, click on the second option Block…
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.
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.
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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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.
Today, however, we will see how to Separate an Existing Hatch object into several different ones based on their boundaries. As it would be very annoying to be forced to erase the existing Hatch and redo the entire thing using Separate Hatching.
So what is the Trick? How can we Separate Existing Hatches in AutoCAD?
First, select the Hatch that would be separated into different pieces.
Then, on the Contextual Hatch Editor ribbon tab, under Options hit Separate Hatches.
That is it! Just two Clicks of the Mouse. It is great that Autodesk has given us this option, for not just creating separate hatches from the scratch, but also separating them on a later stage.
Note: If you don’t like to use ribbon tabs, the other way to get to the button is to select the Hatch and go to Hatch Edit. There under Options you can find Separate Hatches, put a tick and hit OK.
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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:
Select the “broken” Hatch object
On the contextual Hatch Editor Ribbon tab, click on Remove Boundary Objects
Select the Boundaries that you want to be erased.
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:
Select the Hatch you want to edit.
On the contextual Hatch Editor Ribbon tab, click on Select Boundary Objects
Select the objects around which you want to trim the Hatch.
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!
This week we had in our office some engineering students from Architectural University who wanted to see how work look in the real world. Their task was to make some typical cross sections of roads. Usually, we place different hatches for different layers, so they had to do the same. However as I passed through I saw that they are making one hatch, then hit ok, then make another hatch and so on. This could take twice as much time as creating all hatches with just one use of the command.
After we explained to them how to create their hatches faster with much less effort, they looked really amazed.
So the young students are my inspiration to create this post about something as simple as creating hatches. Here we would look at how to create separate hatches without the need of starting HATCH command for every hatch.
So how to do the trick?
It’s very simple we just have to start hatch command by typing HATCH, then in the Hatch Creation ribbon tab under Options drop-down list we can see the tool – Create Separate Hatches.
Now as we have the option selected can start Hatching without stopping to create new separate hatch! A piece of cake!
Note: If we want to go back to normal Hatch creating we can always go back to Hatch options and click once again on Create Separate Hatches!
Is it possible to Automatically Bring all Text to Front?
The text is one of the most important things in our drawings. Text objects are Text, Mtext, Leaders, Dimensions, etc. It is so annoying to put dimension then draw some lines and then another dimension and in the end, all those lines, hatches cross your text objects and look so awful. Of course, at that moment you start to select every text object and Bring it to the front, this can sometimes take hours.
Wait a minute is it normal for an engineer to spend HOURS in tasks like this? The simple answer is NO! IT IS NOT!! So here is one little trick I want to share with you. There is command “Texttofront” which brings all the text to front including dimensions!
You can type Texttofront in the command line or you can find it in the Home ribbon tab > Modify > Bring to front. If you are using a mouse you will see all the variations of the command there is also HATCHTOBACK command which also can be very useful.
If you are using command line then when you type the command AutoCAD will ask you to choose from Text, Dimensions, Leaders or All.
I usually choose All but sometimes you would need to choose a more specific option.
Note: This trick works as well for civil 3d Labels!
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