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Selecting an area for hatching

You can add hatching to an area enclosed by selected entities to form the hatch boundary. The hatch is formed in the enclosed area, not the entities themselves.

After progeCAD draws the hatch, the entire hatch is treated as a single entity and it is either associative or independent of the hatch boundary entities.

To select an area for hatching

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Insert > Hatch.
    • On the Draw 2D toolbar, click the Boundary Hatch tool ().
    • Type bhatch and then press Enter.
  2. From the Boundary Hatch dialog box, click the Boundary tab.
  3. Choose one of the following Island Detection Options:
    • Nested Islands The outer entity and all its islands are considered for hatching.
    • Outer Only Only the outer entity and its outer island are considered for hatching.
    • Ignore Islands Only the outer entity is considered for hatching.
  4. To keep any new entities that are created for drawing the boundary hatch, select the Retain Boundaries check box. Existing entities are always retained.
  5. Specify the entities that you want made available for boundary hatching by doing one of the following:
    • All entities Select All Visible Entities to have all entities in the drawing considered when creating the boundary hatch.
    • Custom selection Define only specific areas to be considered when creating the boundary hatch, which can improve system performance if you are working with a complex drawing. Click Select Boundary Set. In the drawing, select the entities individually or by choosing a selection method from the prompt box, and then press Enter. The Current Selection Set option becomes selected automatically, which indicates that the entities you selected with the Select Boundary Set button will be considered when creating the boundary hatch.

    NOTE You can alternate between All Visible Entities and Current Selection Set without having to select entities again using the Select Boundary Set button. The Current Selection Set option uses the last set of entities you selected with the Select Boundary Set button.

  6. In the Boundary Hatch dialog box, click Select Area.
  7. In the drawing, click inside the closed perimeter of a boundary, not on the boundary itself. If desired, continue clicking inside additional closed perimeters.
  8. To complete the selection, press Enter.
  9. In the Boundary Hatch dialog box, click OK.

Draw a boundary polyline

Select entities for hatching

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