AutoCAD 2022 – Obscure Hatches using Blocks

It is a typical question that gets asked by those that start using AutoCAD. A floor plan exists, so how does one place elements on the hatch and have them obscure the hatch. The answer is relatively simple when you know-how. Firstly, make sure that island detection is on. Then place the blocks where they […]

Revit to AutoCAD Hatch Pattern Pitfall

Can one create a surface pattern for Revit representing a Herringbone pattern measuring 230mm x 1500mm? This was a question posed to me this week. There are many instances where custom patterns may be applicable. However, it may be wise to choose patterns that are compliant with one’s software, or that one makes the decision […]

How to add a Hatch pattern in AutoCAD

A customer asked us how to load custom hatch patterns into AutoCAD as they see that you can download free ones from the internet. The first step to download these new hatch pattern files. The new patterns are actually text based files with a file extension of .pat. A couple of site where you can download […]

How to edit Revit Fill Pattern .pat file to match South African brick course height

Another question is about changing a fill pattern’s dimensions e.g. to make a face brick wall surface pattern match the South African face brick course height. Currently the problem is that the current Brickwork surface pattern course height is 75mm. See below. We want to change the Brick 75×225 pattern to an 85×225 pattern. How […]

How to change a Revit Fill Pattern Scale

Many Revit users have asked as similar question with regard to how to change the scale of a Revit Fill Pattern. To explain we’ll use and example of a footing and to add a filled region around a footing to display earth fill. Once the Filled Region is added you can see that the Fill […]