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After doing a fairly large, complex set of drawings in English units, I have now been asked to convert them to all use Metric units. I am sure this is a common task, so I was wondering if there might be utilities out there to help facilitate this. Note that we would not change the base units of the CAD file, only the dimension units.
Since this needs to only be a temporary change to the drawing, I don't want to do anything permanent, like redefining all the dimension styles.
I imagine that such a utility would read existing dimension styles, and after recording their settings, create a new set that have converted the primary units to their metric equivalent. Then, save all those settings somehow in the drawing, so that it could later be reversed. So perhaps a dimension named "Large-Arch" set to architectural units, would be converted to use decimal values, with a linear scale factor of .0254.
In reality, I know that it won't be this simple, because many dimensions that have tight clearances may end up somewhat overlapping other things, if it ends up taking more space. So, that 2' would end up as 0.610 m. I suspect we would just accept that some of this would occur and don't try to fix all of them.
Unfortunately, my internet search are confounded by a lot of unrelated hits. But, are these kinds of utilities common?