Hatch your Drawing by Dragging the Hatch Pattern from the Design center

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.




Using Select Similar and Quick Select command

As I have discussed in my previous post, to be able to speed up the works of the Draftsman and Architects alike. One should know some techniques to do so. One technique that I already talk about was, tha using of command Quick Dimension. So now, two more commands that I know, will helps alot to make our works done, in a fastest way possible. These commands are the Select Similar and Quick Select command.

Select Similar

Select Similar command, is a command creating a selection set of objects base on the same layer and have the same style. With this command, you can perform a global change to your drawing, by just selecting a initial object, and all objects that are on the same layer and have same style will also be selected.


How to make a Break-Line Symbol in AutoCAD the Easy Way

I don’t know if this cool AutoCAD routine called Break-Line, in Express tools was already around in the previous version of AutoCAD. Because I haven’t saw this in the previous version of AutoCAD that I’m using, the AutoCAD 2004. It is only just this year that I’d use AutoCAD Architecture 2008, so I have no idea if, whether ther was a already Break-Line Symbol exists, or maybe I just to busy to notice its existence? hhmmm.

Easiest Way of Changing a Text in AutoCAD

I don’t know about the other advance users of AutoCAD if they using FIND command frequently, or if they ever use it at all. Because for me FIND command is one of the frequently used command in AutoCAD. Specially when the drawing I’m working with has a need to replace a series of text annotations.

How to modify a Viewport

Sometimes, you want to modify your viewport in your drawing, you want to redefined it from a simple rectangular shape to any irregular shapes. Well you can always modify the boundary of your layout viewport, just by using the command VPCLIP. And you can find it at the Modify pulldown menu, under Clip, then viewport. Or just type VPCLIP at the command prompt.

How to Rotate your Drawing in Paper Space

There are times when you’re almost done, on finishing your drawing, but the only hindrance in doing so are some of the details on your drawing that can’t seem to fit all inside in one paper. And the only solutions you might think is whether you separate it on another paper or just re arrange it.

I remember in my case when I encountered such predicament, I opted to just re-arranged it rather separate it in another paper. I re-arrange the drawing not in model space but in paper space, because I’m afraid it might ruin all the dimensions that I made.

With this, the UCSFOLLOW command and UCS Entity came in handy. These two AutoCAD commands will allow you to do exactly what you want, rotating your drawing without moving it in model space, you can just do it in paper space alone.

First things first you have to make sure your paper space is on UNLOCK mode.

Then while on the paper, space key-in the Mspace command to enter on the model space. Then key-in comand UCSfollow, set the new value to 1 (the default value is 0).

Then key-in UCS in the command prompt, then type E (entity) then enter. While your doing this stuff you’re still inside the model space.
Then the command prompt will ask for the object to be align to ucs. Just select any vertical line on your drawing.

Thats all, my drawing been rotated without doing it actually in model space.

Automatic save

As an AutoCAD user for some period of time now, I have encountered so many problems involving data losses, data corruption and damaged drawing files. Which trigger when the AutoCAD that I am using encountered a program error, system error or a windows manager failure. And to some point an, unnoticed power failure.

Usually when I encountered this, the first thing that comes to my mind is the questions, what will happen with the data that I am working on? will it be loss? or can I recover it without any damaged at all?. Especially when times I forgotten to save it.

So to lessen the data losses and damaged drawing due to the above said, I always see to it that I didn’t left uncheck the Automatic save preference box, and set at least 10 minutes to 20 minutes save interval. This option always make a back up copy of the file at your own specific interval. And this also saves me from worrying that I might don’t have any back up data at all.

You’l find this under the tool menu, or just type options at the command prompt.


I also remember when I encountered such problem, when I was still barely new on using the AutoCAD. The sudden power failure we had then, loss all my updated drawing files that I had worked for an hour. That incident, serves as a reminder for me to always save my drawing from time to time, and the important of Automatic save (autosave) option and always make a back up copy if necessary.