You mention choosing to focus on geometry rather than hatch patterns but this is a false distinction since the hatch patterns you are talking about would be based on the geometry you have. As a general rule of thumb you should be able to get a good estimate of the hatch pattern by knowing what geometry you are going for. I think it would be helpful to have such capability built into the software since it is what the users will be doing with the program.
Sure there are lots of other things that could be implemented in the software but I think that this one feature would make Autodesk 3D more desirable than other (non-Autodesk) 3D software. A huge piece of that is generating hatch patterns and Autodesk are not the only company offering that either. Even if they decide to offer a way to graphically create your own hatch patterns, I think it would be a good idea for them to have the ability to generate patterns based on geometry that is selected.
I am asking what the status is on developing this type of functionality in the software. A good example would be the ability to select a graphical symbol (such as a part of a logo) and have it automatically create a hatch pattern around the selection. It's part of the workflow with sketching and is a time saver when you need to get a quick sketch done. It's a fundamental part of what a 3D user does and is a good way to separate what you do from what you do not do. It's just a shame that Autodesk no longer offer that type of functionality.
This new release of Insight for Autocad will provide robust 2D and 3D
data visualization functionality for the Autocad Civil 3D
applications along with additional tools for 2D and 3D
One of the drawbacks to this approach was that we needed to recompile every time we made even a small change to the code. This slowed everything else we were doing down and because we couldn't always have someone waiting for the application to finish building. 827ec27edc