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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Revit Hatch Patterns (Hatch Kit)

Firstly apologies for my slackness in regular posts...
This question has come up a lot, and its how do I make custom hatch patterns for Revit?
Typically I'll recommend using Cadro's Hatchkit.

However, I recommend a different workflow to using hatchkit directly as the editor. I like to use the import DXF feature.
  1. Begin by starting up Revit.
  2. Start a new project.
  3. Start a drafting view, set the scale to 1:1 for a drafting pattern or 1:100 or similar for a model pattern.
  4. Now using solid detail lines draw the pattern you'd like to create at the scale you require it. In my example I'm trying to create a water surface pattern (some waves).
  5. Next we need to outline a box/tile that if repeated would create a clean pattern and break our linework here.
  6. Then delete the excess linework. (leave the box there as this helps to define the size of the tile)
  7. Export to 2004 DXF format.
  8. Start HatchKit
  9. Go to File-->Import (change files of type to DXF entities) Find you file and import
  10. Now we just need to delete the box that we drew. Select each of them by clicking on the white box and delete. You actually end up deleting 6 lines...
  11. Finally add a name/description/comment then save as a Revit Model or Drafting pattern as required.
  12. Its now ready to be imported and used in Revit!


Anonymous said...

Thank you for this writeup. We hope we've made things a little easier with the release of our free HatchKit Add-in for Revit available from the Autodesk Exchange Revit store:


Hugh Adamson

Hugh Adasmon said...

Further, I am very pleased to offer a public beta of HatchKit 2014 for all interested to trial and perhaps comment upon while we ready release versions.

Link: http://www.hatchkit.com.au/hk2014betaofferform.php

HatchKit 2014 Beta works as a standalone application or will integrate with the HatchKit Add-In for Revit that is available from the Revit store at Autodesk Exchange as noted above.

The HatchKit Add-in for Revit allows large patterns exceeding the constraints on scale imposed by Revit's pattern import wizard to be loaded from HatchKit 2014.

HatchKit 2014 and the HatchKit Add-In for Revit work together to allow building a hatch pattern template (the entities repeated to for a pattern) within Revit, manage its passage to HatchKit for pattern arrangement and generation and on return bring the finished pattern into Revit for immediate use within the current project.

No DXF or PAT filehandling is required - all information transmission between HatchKit and its Add-In within Revit is automated.

The HatchKit 2014 Beta will operate until 1st September 2014 alongside any previous version of HatchKit to allow flexibility of operation in a production environment.