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Recreate Hatch Boundaries
Tip# 3521 By Leonid Nemirovsky On 01-Nov-2010
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Categories : Boundaries
Software type : AutoCAD 2011
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If a hatch boundary has been erased, you can replace it.

Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky sent us a tip on using the boundary of a hatch in AutoCAD.

"Sometimes hatching boundaries get erased, for one reason or another, but later on there may be a need to stretch hatching to increase or decrease the hatched area. Double-click on Hatching, and click the 'Recreate boundary' button in the dialog box to recreate the boundary for your hatching. Now you can modify your hatching — stretch it, use grips, etc. When you're finished, double-click on Hatching again, then click the 'Remove boundaries' button."

Notes from Cadalyst Tip Patrol:
Hatches have come a long way in AutoCAD. They used to be very difficult to work with, or even to create, but AutoCAD 2010 and AutoCAD 2011 both improved on previous versions' hatching abilities. Now you don't need a boundary to edit a hatch! Select it, then grip-edit the edges just like you would a polyline. Boundary or no boundary, you can stretch, move a vertex, add or remove a vertex, or make a lined edge into an arced edge.


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Comment by McSwain,R.K.
Posted on 2010-11-01 16:12:18
Note that in Land Desktop and Civil 3D, when you right click on a HATCH, there is a command named "Generate Boundary". If you run this command, the boundary object that is generated is an "AEC_POLYGON" entity which behaves differently than a polyline or region.
Comment by nemirovsky,len
Posted on 2010-11-02 18:12:23
All my tricks and tips are ONLY for AutoCAD and are not tested in any other programs like Civil 3D etc. :)
Comment by Shaw,Mike
Posted on 2014-01-20 13:20:31
MCSwain - the command you mentioned still works in Civil 3D. Select the multiple hatches you would like to create boundaries for, then right click and select 'Generate Boundaries.' Thank you!