From my brief experience with both of these standards, I've gathered ISO to be international, therefore a metric standard. ANSI, on the other hand, is US-organized and, in turn, uses US Customary units as its standard units. Is this accurate?
The ANSI or more correctly ASME Y14.5-2009 for dimensioning and tolerancing is in fact a metric standard.
The ASME Standard for format size etc is in Inches and diffrent than the aformentoined standard.
Solid works will allow you to set the default for dimensioning either ASME English or Metric, Din, or Iso, all very similar but different in small ways.
You can use Metric or English units for your drawings just set up what you want in tools/options/document properties.
Then dicide what your units should be metric/or english. As I said, ASME can go ether way.
I can be more specific if I know exactly what the final result is your looking for.
generally yes, though I don't think either prevent you from using other units.
wanted clarifications, as I'm choosing standard document properties for a company-wide drawing template.
I can't seem to find a pattern to this madness, but looking at multiple drawing files' dimension settings under Options>Document Properties, some documents have all dimensions called out in metric, while others use US Customary units. This doesn't matter what the overall drafting standard is toggled to
Is the decision of what unit the dimension settings uses made by the part file the drawing is created from?
Maybe this link will better define it for you.
The choice of units for the drawing is a Document property, under Units. You can choose it to be anything you like; it sounds like the people doing the drawings at your company did exactly that.
Thank you all for your two cents!
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