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The Filling and Hatch commands

The Filling and Hatch commands

The Filling and Hatch Commands

MouseOK    Ribbon: Annotate - Hatch >  Hatch

MouseOK    Ribbon: Home – Draw >  Hatch

MouseOK    Menu: Draw – Hatch…

MouseOK    Toolbar: Draw –

KeyboardOK Command line: BHATCH, H, HATCH, HATCHCMD

Hatching in nanoCAD means filling the selected area with the predefined pattern.

The Hatch pattern is a predefined pattern used to represent different materials such as steel, concrete, glass and so on.  A solid fill can also be used as a hatch pattern.

The hatch can be associative or annotative.

An associative hatch is updated when you change the boundary.

An annotative hatch does not depend upon the boundary.

You can use several methods to specify the boundaries of a hatch:

·         Specify a point in an area that is enclosed by objects.

or

·         Select objects that enclose an area.

The Hatch dialog box appears to select the hatch pattern and specify options:

Options:

Type and pattern

Type:

Drop-down list to select the type of hatch pattern:

The following types are available:

·         Predefined

·         User defined

·         Custom

Pattern:

Drop-down list to select the available predefined patterns.

The Pattern option is available only if you set the Type to Predefined.

This button opens the Hatch pattern dialog box.

The dialog box contains the tabs:

·         ANSI – the hatch patterns of the ANSI standard;

·         ISO – the hatch patterns of the ISO standard;

·         Other Predefined – the hatch patterns that are not related to the ANSI and ISO standards;

·         Custom – the list and patterns of the custom file format *.pat.

Swatch:

Displays a preview of the selected pattern.

Click the swatch to display the Hatch pattern dialog box.

Custom pattern:

Drop-down list to display the available custom patterns.

The Custom pattern option is only available for Custom type of hatch pattern.

If you select the Custom option in the drop-down Type list, the Hatch Pattern dialog box opens on the Custom tab:

The available custom hatch patterns display in the left part of tab. The selected pattern displays in the right part:

The custom hatch pattern (file with *.pat extension) are placed in the folder:

C:\ProgramData \Nanosoft\nanoCAD Int 21.0\SHX.

This button opens the Hatch pattern dialog box.

Angle and scale

Angle:

Drop-down list to specify an angle for the hatch pattern relative to the X axis of the current UCS.

Values can be input from the keyboard.

Scale:

Drop-down list to expand or contract a predefined or custom pattern. Values can be input from the keyboard.

This option is only available if you set the Type to Predefined or Custom.

Double

Turns on/off the mode to draw a second hatch positioned at 90 degrees to the original hatch.

This option is only available if you set the Type to User Defined.

Hatch origin

Setting the start point to create the hatch.

Some hatches, such as brick patterns, need to be aligned with a point on the hatch boundary.

By default, all hatch origins correspond to the current UCS origin.

Use current origin

Turns on the mode of origin setting stored in the HPORIGINMODE system variable.

The origin is set to 0,0 by default.

Specified origin

Specifies a new hatch origin.

 Click to set new origin

Specifies the new hatch origin point on the screen using the cursor.

Default boundary extents

Turns on/off the mode for calculation of a new origin based on the rectangular extents of the boundary for the hatch.

From the drop-down list the following options are available:

·         Bottom left

·         Bottom right

·         Top right

·         Top left

·         Center

The icon displays the current position of the origin point:

Store as default origin

Turns on/off the mode for saving the value of the new hatch origin in the HPORIGIN system variable.

Boundaries

Add: Pick points

Determines a boundary from the existing objects that form an enclosed area around the specified point. The dialog box closes temporarily and you are prompted to pick a point.

Add: Select objects

Determines a boundary from selected objects that form an enclosed area. The dialog box closes temporarily and you are prompted to select objects.

Remove boundaries     

Removes from the boundary definition any of the objects that were added previously.

This option is unavailable if you have not specified points or not selected objects.

Recreate boundary   

Creates a polyline or region around the selected hatch and optionally associates the hatch object with it.

This option is available when you edit the hatch.

View selection

Temporarily closes the Hatch dialog box and displays the currently defined boundaries with the current hatch settings.

This option is unavailable if you have not specified points or not selected objects.

Options

Associative

Turns the associative hatch mode on/off.

Create separate hatches

Turns on/off the mode for changing a single hatch object that has several separate boundaries into individual hatch objects.

When this mode is turned on, the hatch will be created for each counter, which representing a separate object.

Draw order:

Drop-down list to assign the draw order to a hatch or fill.

From the drop-down list the following options are available:

·         Do not assign

·         Send to back

·         Bring to front

·         Send behind boundary

·         Bring in front of boundary

 Inherit Properties

Temporarily closes the Hatch dialog box to specify boundaries using the hatch properties of a selected hatch object.

Temporarily closes the Hatch dialog box and displays the currently defined boundaries with the current hatch settings.

Press ESC to return to the dialog box.

,

Expands the Hatch dialog box to display more options.

The More Options section of the Hatch dialog box:

The More Options section of the Hatch dialog box:

Islands

Island detection

Turns on/off the mode to detect internal closed boundaries (islands).

Island display style

Select the island display style.

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