Even though your SOLIDWORKS model is set to a specific unit system, this definitely does not hold you back from using other unit systems in your equations. You can enter the unit symbols (i.e. “mm”, “in”, “cm”, “ft”, etc) in both the dimension Modify box as well as in the Equation Editor.
SOLIDWORKS will automatically convert the values from the differing unit systems and calculate. When using different units in equations, the expression will maintain the original value and the multiple unit system for easy modification.
For example even if the model is all in Metric units, you can still enter Global Variables in Imperial to be used in equations.
Multiple Unit Systems Demonstration
Here is a quick video demonstrating this functionality:
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