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Welcome to another edition of #Working3D, where we delve into the diverse array of jobs within the additive manufacturing industry. Today, we will be focusing on quality control, a crucial aspect of 3D printing that ensures the physical and mechanical integrity of printed parts. This is particularly significant in industries that require specific certifications to be met. In this installment, we will explore the role of a quality control specialist in the medical sector. We had the pleasure of speaking with Anna Cortina, the Head of the Research and QA&RA department at Avinent Implant System S.L.U., to gain insight into her professional work and her involvement with 3D technologies.

Anna Cortina’s journey into additive manufacturing began in 2005 when Avinent started offering customized products that could only be manufactured using this technology. Specifically, their focus was on personalized medical devices used in craniomaxillofacial surgeries, including anatomical models, implantable products, and surgical guides. Collaborating with Avinent’s team of engineers and bioengineers allowed Anna to fully comprehend the potentials of 3D printing and the benefits it offers to healthcare professionals, ultimately benefiting the patients.

On a daily basis, Anna’s responsibilities revolve around ensuring various actions are carried out effectively. This includes compliance with existing regulations pertaining to Avinent’s products, manufacturing processes, and facilities. She is also in charge of registering new and existing products in both national and international markets. Additionally, she works towards gathering sufficient clinical data to support all their products, custom-made or mass-produced, to comply with the new medical device regulation (MDR). This involves establishing connections with industry professionals interested in participating in projects that lead to scientific publications.

The high level of expertise required for this job necessitates a diverse team with different skill sets. Anna emphasizes the importance of experience and staying up-to-date with industry regulations through continuous training with professionals in the sector. Challenges often arise due to changes in regulations, such as the recent implementation of the new medical device regulation. Certifying entirely new products also presents obstacles as it involves familiarizing oneself with both the product and its corresponding regulations. Expanding into new markets brings its own set of challenges, as different countries have varying and demanding regulations.

Working in a multidisciplinary team is invaluable, and being receptive to change is crucial. New product registrations and technologies often require updates to existing certifications. Anna also advises approaching new challenges with a positive mindset, questioning the status quo, and constantly striving for improvement.

We hope you found Anna Cortina’s role as a specialist in quality control in the 3D printing industry fascinating. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on our social media pages. Make sure to sign up for our free weekly Newsletter to receive the latest 3D printing news directly in your inbox. You can also find all our videos on our YouTube channel.

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