I was asked to look over a drawing the other day that utilised a complex repeating pattern, and it got me thinking as to whether there was a simpler way to create and use a hatch pattern. The original drawing made use of an xref'd pattern of a fixed size that was then copied and clipped to suit each location. This worked, but was a little cumbersome to use. This got me wondering whether you could utilise MINSERT
instead, so I tried it, and it worked!
Attach an example drawing. To create your own superhatch you do the following:
- Create a BLOCK of the desired pattern.
- Use BOUNDARY to create a polyline boundary of the area you want to apply your pattern to.
- Use MINSERT to create the a repeating pattern that covers the area you want to apply it to.
- Use XCLIP to clip the pattern by selecting the previously created boundary.
Seems to work quite well, and allows you to create patterns with much greater freedom and complexity than a traditional hatch.
Thanks to Damian Harkin for sending me the drawing that kicked me off.