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First time in metric system and I can't figure out what is the dimension in blender, first of all the scale of a cube is one and the dimension is 2:
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scaling the edge of only one edge up in edit mode turns up the dimension of the whole object to the size of the scale of the edge, and not the object in an average:
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So, I'm a bit confused, about what the dimension in blender actually refer to, and what the difference between it and scale is?

EDIT: What if the bounding box length and the edge are of equal size:
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Scale is a factor applied on an object, non-destructively, on top of its real true dimensions. It doesn't really modify in underlying geometry or mesh data unless applied.

A 2 units cube with a scale of 2 will result in a size of 4, a scale factor of 0.5 will result in a size 1. Scaling doesn't change the actual objects size, so if you enter edit mode on a cube with a scale factor of 2 its edges will still show dimensions with a perceived factor of 0.5 in relation to object mode because that is their true size.

Object dimensions are the result of scale multiplied by the actual object size, and correspond to the size of its bounding box. If you change one edge size in edit mode it will change the cube's bounding box size, and hence its dimensions

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  • $\begingroup$ if we were to make a 2" edge then, we can't rely on the dimension panel then, better take it from the edge length? $\endgroup$ – BumbleBee Jan 21 '17 at 6:47
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    $\begingroup$ The dimensions panel is absolute measurements, the scale is relative $\endgroup$ – cegaton Jan 21 '17 at 6:59
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    $\begingroup$ @BumbleBee if your scale is not applied the measurements in edit mode are not correct, they are relative to the scale of the object. $\endgroup$ – cegaton Jan 21 '17 at 7:01
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    $\begingroup$ only if the scale has been applied. $\endgroup$ – cegaton Jan 21 '17 at 7:06
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    $\begingroup$ Please read the links: blender.stackexchange.com/questions/47318/… AND blender.stackexchange.com/questions/7298/… $\endgroup$ – cegaton Jan 21 '17 at 7:08

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