How to Import AutoCAD Hatch Patterns in to Revit

OK... So 2 common conversations I have with my customers.

1. James... I don’t like the Revit Hatch Patterns. They’re too basic for my needs.
2. James... I’m really struggling to get my AutoCAD Hatch Patterns into Revit.

Both of these of course, are followed by “Please Help”?!?

Of course I’ll help!

So here we go.

Most of you will have probably seen this in Revit and maybe even tried to use it...

A little Tip for you. DO NOT try and import the ACAD.pat file for your hatch patterns. It’s painful and there’s a much much easier way to achieve what you want.

AutoCAD Hatch Patterns in to Revit Modify Pattern Properties

First things first.

Whenever I’m bringing anything from AutoCAD into Revit I like to make sure it’s as clean and efficient as possible. So make a nice neat ACAD File with a swatch array of all the hatch patterns you utilise.

AutoCAD Hatch Patterns in to Revit Neat ACAD File

Something a little like this.

One you’ve done this.

Simply create a new Legend inside your Revit Template file and call it “Fill Patterns” or something similar.

AutoCAD Hatch Patterns in to Revit Fill Patterns Image

Go to the “insert” Tab on your Ribbon and on the “Import” Panel click on the “Import CAD” Button.

It’s important to “Import CAD” and NOT “Link CAD” for this exercise.

AutoCAD Hatch Patterns in to Revit Insert Tab

When importing the file, make sure you import it in Black and White. I always change the Import Units also to ensure they come in at the right size and scale.

AutoCAD Hatch Patterns in to Revit Import CAD Formats

Once imported into the view.

You can now left click on the Imported CAD File. As with all things in Revit, selecting an object will invoke the contextual Ribbon giving you the tools you need appropriate to the selected element.

AutoCAD Hatch Patterns in to Revit Contextual Ribbon

A Partial explode will be sufficient unless you’ve nested blocks.

All of the Hatch swatches will now exist inside your Revit File. Each swatch will be a Filled Region.

The Filled Region will contain a Fill Pattern imported from AutoCAD! :)

All you need to do now is rename all of the Filled Regions and Filled Patterns accordingly!

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