Control the Scale of Hatch Patterns

The scale of hatch patterns can be set individually, or it can be set automatically based on the scale of each layout viewport.

  • If you create hatch patterns exclusively for a single view or at a constant scale, you can set the current hatch scale manually in the interface or with the HPSCALE system variable.
  • If you work with layout viewports in different scales, you can apply scale factors automatically by making them annotative. This method is more efficient than creating duplicate hatch pattern objects with different scale factors. For more information about using annotative scaling, see Create Annotative Hatches.
NoteTo prevent accidental creation of an enormous number of hatch lines, the maximum number of hatch lines created in a single hatch operation is limited. This limit prevents memory and performance problems. However, you can change the maximum number of hatch lines with the HPMAXLINES system variable. Similarly the number of enclosed areas in single hatch is limited by the HPMAXAREAS system variable.
Procedures
To set the scale of a hatch pattern (ribbon turned on)
  1. Click Home tabDraw panelHatch. The ribbon panel for hatching is not available in this workspace. At the Command prompt, enter hatch and use the Hatch and Gradient dialog box instead.
  2. On the Properties panel, click Pattern from the Hatch Type drop-down list.
  3. On the Pattern panel, click a hatch pattern.
  4. On the Properties panel, enter a hatch pattern scale.
  5. Specify a point inside each area that you want to hatch.
  6. Press Enter, or click Close on the ribbon to apply the hatch and exit the command.
To set the scale of a hatch pattern (ribbon turned off)
  1. Start the Hatch command from a menu or toolbar. At the Command prompt, enter hatch.
  2. In the Hatch and Gradient dialog box, Hatch tab, under Type and Pattern, click Predefined from the Type drop-down list.
  3. Select a pattern from the Pattern drop-down list.
  4. Under Angle and Scale, enter a new scale value or click the drop-down arrow to display a list of scales.
  5. Under Boundaries, click Add: Pick Points.
  6. Specify a point inside each area that you want to hatch and press Enter.
  7. Click OK to apply the hatch.
Commands
HATCH

Fills an enclosed area or selected objects with a hatch pattern, solid fill, or gradient fill.

HATCHEDIT

Modifies an existing hatch or fill.

MATCHPROP

Applies the properties of a selected object to other objects.

PROPERTIES

Controls properties of existing objects.

System Variables
HPANNOTATIVE

Controls whether a new hatch pattern is annotative.

HPINHERIT

Controls whether to inherit the hatch origin when using the Inherit Properties option in HATCH and HATCHEDIT.

HPMAXAREAS

Sets the maximum number of enclosed areas that a single hatch object can have and still automatically switch between solid and pattern hatches during zoom operations.

HPMAXLINES

Sets the maximum number of hatch lines that are generated in a hatch operation.

HPOBJWARNING

Sets the number of hatch boundary objects that can be selected before displaying a warning message.

HPINHERIT

Controls whether to inherit the hatch origin when using the Inherit Properties option in HATCH and HATCHEDIT.

HPSCALE

Sets the hatch pattern scale factor.

HPSPACE

Sets the hatch pattern line spacing for user-defined patterns.