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.

(fig.1)

(fig.1)

Fig.2

Fig.2

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.

Fig.3

Fig.3

 

Trimming hatch pattern

On some of the features of AutoCAD LT version 2006, the capability to trim the hatch pattern I think is the most useful and probably some users may think the same way as I do. Though all the features of the said version are useful in terms of completing a drawing task.

On the previous version of AutoCAD trimming a hatch is far from possible. In order to modified our drawing that has a hatch in it, some usually just erased it and make another hatch, on the other hand some drafter that are too lazy to draw again the hatch that they made, resort to cheatings by using the explode command to make the hatch be a regular line and therefore they can already trim it just like any regular line on the drawing.

Yes, some may think there’s nothing wrong if ever they resort to that kind of tricks, but problem may arise in the future when such drawing has a revision, and that simple tricks that you made will become the causes of your headache.

So, it is really much better to create another hatch, than doing any lazy tricks if you are not using a hatch trimming supported version of AutoCAD.