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How to Digitize a hatch.

The Digitize Hatch command will measure the distance of all the intersecting points within a hatched area. For example a hatch in a rectangular area on a wall can be measured to determine high and low points in order to effectively clad with glass or stone.

Follow these instructions to create and digitize a hatch.

  1. Select a closed object to be hatched (such as a rectangle or polyline). If hatching a wall or other odd-shaped surface, you may use the use the ‘Single Elements to Polyline’ tool found under the ‘change’ ribbon to create a polyline first, which can then be hatched.
  1. Select Hatch from the drop down section of ‘Start Series of Measurements’ on the ‘Flexijet’ ribbon.
    Hatch button in Flexijet Stone
  1. As prompted in the Command Window, select the object to be hatched. After selecting the bounding object, You may also select closed objects (polylines or rectangles) within the original hatched area to be ignored, such as a cutout.
  1. Follow the Command Window prompts to set the Angle of the hatch (45deg by default), and the distance of the hatch. The distance is the spacing of the hatch grid, and the ‘Digitize Hatch’ command will scan these intersections. A smaller number (for example, 1”) will give a hatch grid of 1” and therefore scan every 1”.
  1. From the ‘Flexijet’ Ribbon, select Digitize Hatch from the ‘Series of measurements’ drop-down menu. Follow the Command Window prompts to Select the Object (hatch) to be digitized (and press enter to confirm), set a value for Distance (if exceeded points are shown, usually ‘0’) or press ‘Enter’ to use the default value, and then decide whether to Insert distance Stamp by inputting ‘1’ for Yes or ‘0’ for No. This determines whether to display the distance numbers.
  1. Then, you will be prompted to set a reference point with the Flexijet for the distances to be measured, from which the point distances are measured. This is the ‘base’ value for the distance grid to be displayed. Recommended: If you want your scan to be relative to your current plane, set this by clicking an element in your drawing that is set to this plane. Or, you can measure a particular point as a reference.
  1. The Flexijet will now measure all the points on the grid, moving through the points sequentially until it has completed all the measurements.
  1. When completed, FlexiCAD will display ‘Finished’, followed by the minimum and maximum distances measured.
  1. Change the point size to better view the color-coded elevation map by going to ‘Point style’ on the ‘Draw’ ribbon. Change the point size to be larger in order to view the points. If working in inches, a value of 1 is often appropriate.


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