How to Autocad Hatch

Creating a hatch is easy. But first, what is a hatch? autocad users sure know what a hatch is but to those who were just learning AutoCAD, its a predefined pattern to make an area shaded to illustrate the material used. This is more commonly used in drawing mechanical parts when it is cut in half or in Architectural drawings to show what material is to be used in constructions like concrete, wood or bricks.

To start making the hatch pattern in our sample drawing. First create a polygon, a square or a circle. You should create an closed object because you cannot create a hatch with an unclosed object like for example, an arc. Then go to the menu and select: Draw>Hatch then a pop up window will appear called the “Boundary Hatch”. Right there you can select the kind of pattern you wish to use on the object you created by clicking the square box with dots on the right side of the “pattern” field (see Fig. 1 below).

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Fig. 1 Select Pattern

After clicking, another box will appear called “Hatch Pattern Pallet” with lots of predefined pattern selection (see Fig. 2 below). Click any pattern you like then click the OK button. Then click the “Pick Points” icon shown on the Fig. 3 drawing below.

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Fig. 2 Hatch Pattern Palette

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Fig. 3 Pick Points

After clicking the icon AutoCAD will prompt: Select internal point: which means you have to select the internal part on the enclosed object you created. Again after clicking the internal part, press enter on the keyboard or right mouse click. You will again see a pop up window again. You can play with the “Scale”, the “Angle” drop down menu, “Select Object” button, “Inherit Properties” or you can preview your hatch by clicking the “Preview” button but for now to simplify our tutorial just click the OK button then a hatch pattern is created (See Fig. 4)

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Fig. 4 Hatch was Created

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