Senior Engineering Assistant Steve Knopf demonstrates how to adjust the angle of a hatch pattern in AutoCAD.
"I use the Hex pattern to identify truncated domes, and when the panel is not square to the sheet I rotate the hatch pattern to match the panel so it looks right. To do that, use Hatch Edit, and enter the new angle in the Angle and Scale section. Occasionally, one of the 'random' patterns will line up with a boundary and draw the eye to the irregularity; this is a way to bring back the appearance of randomness."
Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol: Editing a hatch pattern's settings is very simple. There are many ways to do it, including the Hatch Edit command (HE). In AutoCAD 2011 and 2012, this command will bring up a contextual ribbon tab instead of the traditional dialog box. You can also double-click a hatch pattern to edit it. Alternatively, you can select a hatch pattern and open the Properties Manager palette; there is a setting there where you can adjust the angle.
AutoCAD 2012 introduced many new grip-based editing tools to different objects. One of them is the ability to grip-edit the angle of a hatch. That means that in AutoCAD 2012 you don't even have to start a command, nor do you need to open the Properties Manager; just select the hatch object, hover over the grip, and pick the angle option.