The “Hatch” feature is a worldwide-used feature in drawings. Hatch patterns are important elements of detailing which are added in plane views and sections.
Figure 1 - Hatch feature command on the Draw panel of the Home ribbon tab
To specify the hatch pattern in Advance CAD, you need to access the ”Hatch” command located on the Home ribbon tab – Draw panel. Once the Boundary Hatch window opens, select the Pattern tab.
Figure 2 - Hatch patterns located in the Pattern tab of the Hatch window
Specifying a hatch pattern
Click the Pattern tab and select the hatch pattern library file you want to use. Hatch patterns can be selected according to their title or by choosing a graphical representation of the pattern.
- Hatch File drop-down menu: From the “Hatch File” list, select a library of predefined hatch patterns.
Figure 3 - Choosing a hatch file
- Patterns: From the Patterns list, select a predefined hatch pattern by its title or click one of the graphical representations.
Note: If you are using a custom hatch pattern library file, the graphical representations do not display.
Figure 4 - Examples of different patterns used in the project
Adding a new hatch pattern
There are two ways of adding a new hatch pattern:
1. Place a .pat or .sld file in a folder of your choice. Click the Graitec main menu button and then click Options to access the Options dialog box. In the Paths/Files tab of the Options dialog, click the “+” symbol to expand a drop-down menu displaying Hatch patterns file locations. Using the “Browse” or “Add” buttons you can either change the folder location or add a new location from where the patterns will be loaded.
Figure 5 - Adding a new path folder for hatch patterns
2. Place a .pat or .sld file in one of the folders already chosen as a source. Click the Graitec icon to access the software’s main menu, then click “Options” to open the Options dialog box. In the Paths/Files tab of the dialog, click the “+” button to expand a drop-down menu of Hatch patterns file location in order to find out the location of the hatch pattern files. Open one of the displayed paths and paste your file.
Figure 6 - Default paths for hatch patterns
After following either of these paths, the new hatch pattern will be located in the patterns list and will be ready to be used in the project.