I have noticed that sometimes my dimensions applied using the drafting palette are not the proper scale or associative. After not finding anything on the forum explaining my circumstances I did some of my own research. This is what I found:
Simple solids will not (always?) produce associative dimensions. The workaround is to complicate them, for instance by drilling a hole in them. Adding limbs to the history tree seems to change a switch somewhere.
Draw a 2D cross section
Extrude the section to a solid
Save the file
Start a new file
Read the solid extrusion file as an xref into the new file
Move the xref to model space
In the drafting palette create a part assembly with that xref, pick a view (plan) and add.
Insert view into paper space.
Put a dimension on the part. It is not associative, does not translate when the view is moved, and is the paper space distance.
Switch to the extruded part file, put a hole through it and save the part
Switch to the xref file, reload the xref using the block function.
Go to the paper space view and apply a dimension.
It is now associative, does translate when the view is moved, and is the model space distance.
Even if you go back to the extruded solid file and remove the hole, the dimensions remain associative.
One of the odder glitches I have discovered.
Verified in Version 20 and 2016 (which I have decided not to purchase - but that's another topic).
Hope I can save someone else a couple of hours.