Down the Hatch!

In This Chapter

arrow Adding hatching to drawings

arrow Applying annotative hatching

arrow Choosing hatching boundaries

arrow Using predefined and user-defined hatch patterns

arrow Editing hatches

If you need to fill in closed areas of drawings with special patterns of lines (crosshatching, or simply hatching) or solid fills, then this is your chapter. If you were hoping to hatch a plot (or plot a hatch), see Chapter 16. If you want to hatch an egg, look at Raising Chickens For Dummies, by Kimberly Willis and Robert T. Ludlow (Wiley).

A hatch in AutoCAD is a separate object that fills a space; has an appearance dictated by the hatch pattern assigned to it; and is associated by default with the objects that bound the space, such as lines, polylines, or arcs. If you move or stretch the boundaries, AutoCAD normally updates the hatching to fill the resized area.

Creating a Hatch

Drafters often use hatching to represent the type of material that makes up an object, such as insulation, metal, or ...

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