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### hatch or spb fill

#77764 by SCarini
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:07 pm
How do I fill around an ellipse?
I found an answer to filling inside an ellipse. What about omitting the ellipse?
Thanks.
Steve

### Re: hatch or spb fill

#77771 by Mark Bell
Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:58 am
Try drawing a rectangle or other shape around the ellipse then hatching the area on the outside of the ellipse and inside of the rectangle.

### Re: hatch or spb fill

#77783 by Neil Blanchard
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:08 pm
Hi Steve,

You can do a void for many shapes, in the middle of a hatch or fill. You need to do it manually, with the 4 arcs method.

With a little practice, you can use 3-Point arcs to do the R1 and R2 arcs illustrated above.

### Re: hatch or spb fill

Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:57 pm
Or, you can use the Approximate option in the Curves, Ellipse menu. You can also adjust the Arcs / Quadrant. Increase them for narrower ellipses.

### Re: hatch or spb fill

#77790 by SCarini
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:52 am
Thanks for the help.
I've been using datacad since the 80's. never used ellipse/approximate. Works great for this application. Thanks, Mark!

### Re: hatch or spb fill

#77791 by SCarini
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:54 am
Thanks!
I appreciate the tip.

Neil Blanchard wrote:Hi Steve,

You can do a void for many shapes, in the middle of a hatch or fill. You need to do it manually, with the 4 arcs method.

With a little practice, you can use 3-Point arcs to do the R1 and R2 arcs illustrated above.

### Re: hatch or spb fill

#77792 by SCarini
Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:56 am
Hmmm. As far as I can tell Border/Cont Search does not find the ellipse.

Mark Bell wrote:Try drawing a rectangle or other shape around the ellipse then hatching the area on the outside of the ellipse and inside of the rectangle.

### Re: hatch or spb fill

#77802 by Mark Bell
Wed Apr 01, 2020 6:15 am
SCarini wrote "As far as I can tell Border/Cont Search does not find the ellipse."

Actually, you're right on this. I did a quick test using a true ellipse (dynamic) and one with Approximate used and either 36 or higher arc segments. I wasn't expecting the true ellipse to work, but was surprised the segmented one didn't allow hatching on the outside of the ellipse and outer rectangular boundary. The contour search easily filled the inside but not so when on the outside!

What was possible using contour search was to fill the inside of the ellipse, then the whole rectangle (outside), then add a void by removing the ellipse-fill from the rectangle-fill.

### Re: hatch or spb fill

#77807 by SCarini
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:29 am
Mark,
"then add a void by removing the ellipse-fill from the rectangle-fill."
I know I did it once or twice a decade or two ago. Can't remember how.
Thanks again.
Steve

### Re: hatch or spb fill

#77811 by Mark Bell
Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:27 pm
Using the 3 images posted earlier:

1. Hatch the inside of the ellipse using contour search,
2. Hatch the outside = the full rectangle,
3. In Hatch, pick Boundary, F0 Voids, it then asks to select the master polyline = the full rectangle being the largest hatch area,
4. Then you can F8 Add Void by selecting the hatch within the ellipse - probably best to use Area - the result is the larger hatch (rectangle) removes the smaller hatch (ellipse) leaving the void in the centre,
This also works the same with Fills.

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