and thanks in advance for taking the time to help me.
TL;DR: I work for a company where I need to make technical drawings—mostly using SolidWorks—of some mechanical components. Do I have to include the scale for the technical drawings even if 1) no one in the manufacturing team pays attention to it and 2) I provide all of the relevant dimensions on the drawing?
I'm an engineer, and I currently work for a company as an R&D and product development engineer. A big part of my job is to design and create technical drawings for the manufacturing team to carry out the necessary processes to make what I designed a real product.
In our company, we manufacture parts for medical devices, which makes every aspect of our business quite complicated by having to adhere to a very strict set of rules and standards, which also applies to the format of our technical drawings. We are now updating our guidelines and standards for our technical drawings, and one of the topics that was brought up is the importance of providing scale information in the technical drawings (for example, 2:3 @ A4).
Now I know that adding the scale information is not that difficult or time-consuming, but I couldn't help but notice that apart from the discussions we had recently on this particular topic, no one, especially in the manufacturing team, has ever looked at or paid any sort of meaningful attention to the scale information despite us (the design and technical drawing team) always showing it in the drawings.
The thing is, we use mainly SolidWorks to do our job, and sometimes it is easy to change the scale of a drawing without updating the relevant field that automatically shows the universal scale of the drawing. This obviously causes the true scale of the drawing to conflict with the scale provided in the relevant field in the title blocks. That is why I'm wondering whether or not it is an acceptable practice to omit such a detail, especially when taking into consideration that 1) no one ever asked or paid attention to the scale information, and 2) we already provide all of the relevant dimensions clearly, which totally negates the need for a scale in our drawings in our company.
I'm almost sure that our management will accept whatever I deem "acceptable", but I couldn't find any conclusive answers in that regard, and most of the articles discussing this topic are targeting technical drawings created by architects and civil engineers, which is quite different from what we do here.
Thanks for taking the time, and I appreciate your help.