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Tue, Jul 17, 2007 at 5:54:34 PM | CMU Hatching/ Alternate Bands




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My intent is to show alternating cmu banding in a typical running bond.  The bands would be a split face and a smooth face every other course.  I have found on this forum a great split face hatch pattern but it is for the entire field.  I do not quite fully understand yet how to properly edit the .pat files.  Is there a way to have a cmu pattern with every other horizontal course indiacting a split face pattern by having a sand texture applied to it?  I have attached the link to the pattern I found on here.  Thanks in advance.

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Fri, Jul 20, 2007 at 2:32:01 PM | CMU Hatching/ Alternate Bands



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A hatch pattern is basically an array of lines in two directions. To create a pattern that skips a course with sand texture, would be extremely difficult.

The best solution for the wall you want is to

1.Use split face and paint tools to apply the pattern to the wall face or,

2.Edit the wall family to have split regions and apply the material to the necessary regions.


I will try to explan both of these methods as best as I can. In both of these methods you will need to create a custom material with the split face as a surface pattern. There is a default split face cmu that you can modify.

1. Split face is a tool that will divide the face of a wall, floor, ceiling, roof ..etc. You can then use the Paintbrush tool to apply your materials to the resulting faces. This method is time consuming and not recommended if you have a lot of these walls.

2. In the wall family go to Edit/New-->Edit structure. Make sure the Preview Pane is Visibile. Go to the Section Preview and you should see the tool buttons become available. You need to make a new layer/region with the new material applied to it but no thickness.

Click split region and select the heights you want to divide. You can do as many splits as necessary. Next click Assign layers and assign the new layer you created to the areas you want.


If you have any questions on this please feel free to ask.

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Fri, Aug 10, 2007 at 1:02:00 PM | CMU Hatching/ Alternate Bands




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This is the CMU pattern with some dots added along one course, arranged so they repeat on alternate courses.

 Hope it's not too late to be of use.


 Hugh Adamson

Cadro Pty Ltd



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Fri, Aug 10, 2007 at 1:09:22 PM | CMU Hatching/ Alternate Bands




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Sorry, that link should have been been






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