In addition to a user-friendly 3D printer, m3rlin also offers a supporting e-learning platform. The knowledge transfer takes place directly at the machine according to the motto “learning by doing”. Through the combination of different innovative moments, which are described in the following, the topic 3D printing becomes more understandable and more accessible for beginners.

print clay, not plastic

In contrast to conventional desktop printers, m3rlin uses ceramic, a natural material for the printing material, which is particularly convincing due to its fast print results and the reusability of misprints.

e-learning support

At the moment, poor or missing user manuals force the end user to learn how to work with a 3D printer on their own. This requires a lot of time, energy and quickly leads to frustration. Our e-learning platform should offer a solution to this problem and is based on our printing experience and the experience we have gained in workshops.

The web-based platform includes informative instruction how-to videos, a special clay slicer with intelligent performance support and augmented reality machine tour. M3RLIN offers the user a complete learning experience.

AR machine tour: The user drives along the 3D printer with a tablet or smartphone in his hand. The tablet’s camera films the printer. The e-learning software displays additional animations, explanatory texts and inscriptions on the screen and shows, for example, the structure of individual components, thus making the printer’s mode of operation comprehensible. The user can then interactively select areas of interest and display animated sequences or further information.

Clay Mode Slicer: With Clay Mode, 3D models can be converted into a G-Code to be read by the 3D printer. Clay Mode is specially customized to our device and the printing material ceramic. A performance support actively guides the user through the print preparation process and provides direct feedback. The program helps the user to choose the right parameters and to avoid errors, more precisely to recognize them early by displaying performance cards. The Support Cards are linked to the how-to videos and can be viewed if required.

Workshop impression: learning how to 3d print clay.
How-to videos building on each other combined with gamification elements.
The AR application shows the components in cross-section and demonstrates the animated functionality of the individual parts.