Frequent tipster Danny Korem shares with us some new features added to the hatch tools in AutoCAD 2013.
“Besides opening a contextual ribbon, if a hatch pattern is selected, right-clicking will offer two interesting options. Number one, if you hold a hatch pattern that has no boundary, you can opt to Generate Boundary.
“Number two, If the geometry is modified, you can drag the original hatch pattern somewhere, and after editing your linework, opt for Set Boundary. This will end by erasing the old hatch pattern after the new one is created according to the new linework.”
Notes from Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton: I often have to work with hatches to display different things, and getting them to look just right can be daunting. When you have linework that changes over the course of a project’s life, it can be difficult to manage these hatch objects.
These two right-click tools provide quick and easy access to common tasks, making working with hatch patterns even better. The Generate Boundary tool will create a boundary (a polyline) for your hatch pattern. The Set Boundary tool will move your hatch pattern to a new set of lines, arcs, polylines, etc. It will take the shape of the new linework and retain all other settings such as pattern, scale, etc.