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Chapter 13. Hatching > The Hatch Command

The Hatch Command

Hatching enables the user to bring a higher level of visual interest to a drawing by embellishing a defined boundary with a pattern. This allows the user to focus on an area of interest, to indicate the use of a particular material, or to differentiate between multiple boundaries formed in the drawing. In earlier versions of AutoCAD, hatching was more of an art than a science, and it was typical that the novice user obtained unexpected results when using this command. Within the last few releases of AutoCAD, the process of hatching a drawing has improved considerably. This chapter describes in detail how to achieve the expected results every time.

Hatching is commonly used to place a repetitive pattern within a defined area, adding graphic detail to the drawing. For example, suppose you are working on a part that is composed of various materials and you want to illustrate graphically where those materials are used in the drawing. The easiest way to do this is with the boundary hatch command, or Bhatch.


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