Hatch is an integral part of our drawing, without hatch pattern our drawing is somewhat dull in presentation. And without hatch our drawing will hardly be understood by the readers. Well of course if you are a Draftsman or an Architect, you should already know the importance of hatch in a drawing. After all, it is instilled in drawing standard which we studied when we still in college, studying Architecture or Drafting I supposed.
Anyhow, I just recently discover some technique in doing a hatch so I decided that I’m going to share it here in this blog. So to start, there are many ways to add a hatch pattern in our drawings, one of that ways is the conventional approach or the most commonly use method in adding a hatch, and it is by using the command BHATCH or simply HATCH. You can find Hatch command, under the Draw Pulldown menu, then Hatch. Alternatively, at the command prompt, key-in BHATCH/HATCH or simply BH or H for shortcut. Then after that, a dialogue box will appear (fig.1). From there you can just select the hatch pattern that you want to use by clicking the box at the side of the Pattern (fig.1), then the hatch pattern pallette will appear (fig.2) then just select which hatch you wan to use.
And finally, the other way of adding a hatch in our drawing is by dragging the hatch pattern from the DesignCenter. A method that somehow relatively new for me, and I can safely say that for most of us AutoCAD user’s as well. Anyway, here is the step by step method on how to drag the hatch pattern from the DesignCenter.
- Click the Insert Pulldown menu, then Design Center (fig.3), or Ctrl+2 for keyboard shortcut. Alternatively, at the command prompt, key-in ADCENTER. Then the Design Center dialogue box will pop-up (fig.4).
- On the Folders tab, click the search button.
- In the Search dialogue box, do the following entries (fig.5):3.1. In Look For, select Hatch Pattern Files.
3.2. In the In Box, select the drive where the program is installed.
3.3. Select the Search subfolders option.
3.4. On the Hatch Pattern Files tab, in Search for the Name, enter * (asterisk) . (dot) pat.
- Click Search Now button. , the default hatch pattern file is acad.pat or acadiso.pat. The search results may display the same file in different locations.
- In the search results, double-click the file to laod the hatch patterns into the content area of DesignCenter.
- Right-click a pattern to display a shortcut menu with the following options: (Optional only)6.1. HATCH - Opens the hatch and gradient dialogue box.
6.2. Copy - Stores the hatch pattern to the clipboard.
6.3. Create Tool Palette – Creates a new Tool Palette with a selected pattern displayed.
- From the content area, drag the hatch pattern you want onto a closed object on your drawing. If you the hatch pattern scale is too large or too dense you can adjust it, by double-clicking the pattern to display the hatch dialogue box or by adjusting it in Object Properties (assuming your object properties is open) (fig.6).
There, thats it for today.