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Rhino UK User Meeting 2017

Simply Rhino presents the Rhino UK User Group Meeting 2017

  • We're pleased to announce that the Rhino UK User Group Meeting will be taking place on Wednesday June 14th 2017
  • Location: The Crypt On The Green, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 0EA (MAP)
  • Time: 09:00 - 17:00 
  • Watch presentations and get hands-on with live software demonstrations from our exhibitors
  • The event is fully catered with ample breakout times throughout the day
  • We hope you can join us and the wider Rhino community for what is always a sell out day!


The outline agenda for the day is now available    View or Download the Event Agenda Here


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Rhino UK UGM 2017 Event Partners and Exhibitors:

Chaos Group McNeel Formlabs Wacom PNY



Rhino UK UGM Presenters for 2017 include the following:


Harry Ibbs - Zaha Hadid Architects

Harry is the Head of Digital Delivery & Workflow at Zaha Hadid Architects. Harry's presentation is entitled: Rhino Vray Hypothesis workflow. What if?

More on Harry and Zaha Hadid Architects

Harry’s presentation will combine videos and geometry studies using V-Ray RT and V-Ray 3 for Rhino with a prescription of Harry Ibbs’ theoretical software applications, building up to a hypothesis workflow best fitting ZHA’s design principles.


Harry Ibbs, Head of Digital Delivery & Workflow at Zaha Hadid Architects, is involved in the implementation and deployment of technology within ZHA’s Visual Group, BIM Group and Fabrication Group. His work focus includes formalizing protocol, review and document workflow, legal, risk management and strategy protocol across the company clusters.

Harry is responsible for setting up, developing and disseminating best practices across the company’s clusters, creating the workflows, processes and manage the people to execute the project deliveries; analysing lessons learned, improving and finding further efficiencies within the Business and Design workflows to the project on-site delivery. He is addressing challenges to incorporate parametric NURBS design into BIM legislation, and executions plans that specify BIM software that cannot offer out-of-the-box computing in tune with the ZHA design principles. Harry’s major research and development field is in bridging the ZHA design into the BIM environment, managing a team to develop and test software to execute the intensive designs into BIM Level 2 projects

Notable projects include Bee’ah Headquarters, United Arab Emirates and Metro Station for Riyadh, in the King Abdullah Financial District. Harry heads a group that consists of Project Lead Architects, Senior Architects, and Visual Designers managed and embedded in design teams to deliver projects across all clusters.

Harry Ibbs

Arthur Mamou-Mani

Anthony Buckley-Thorp

Arthur Mamou-Mani - Mamou-Mani & Anthony Buckley-Thorp - Flux

Mamou-Mani is collaborating with Flux on an online dashboard created from Grasshopper3D for an exciting new project at ARUP's headquarters. The DNA of Making is a giant cable robot assembling and disassembling several structures over the course of 17 weeks this summer.

Arthur will present the project and show how flux allowed his team to create an online interface for the design.

Anthony will show how to achieve Google-doc like performance from your current Rhino and Grasshopper workflows by sharing real-time geometry and data across devices and time-zones.

More on Arthur, Anthony and their joint presentation

The DNA of Making - Mamou-Mani

Arthur Mamou-Mani (aadip. ARB/RIBA) is an Architect and a lecturer at the University of Westminster in London. He has delivered design workshops to prestigious design and engineering companies including Heatherwick Studio and Foster + Partners as well as many leading academic bodies such as the Architectural Association School of Architecture and UCL-Bartlett. Arthur has also given numerous talks and presentations including the TEDx, 3DPrintShow, Shape to Fabrication and the Develop3D Conferences.

Mamou-Mani & Flux Presentation

Anthony is Managing Partner of the Flux Advanced Services + Technology (FAST) arm of, a Silicon Valley based AEC Technology company born out of Google X. Working with clients in the real estate design, development and construction sectors Anthony leads global project implementations for the firm. In each engagement the Flux cloud platform is leveraged in unique ways to deliver competitive advantage and productivity gains to clients. Before joining Flux Anthony was a Senior Structural Engineer with Engineering company Arup, based in London and then Shanghai. At Arup he successfully developed and applied new digital design technologies and automated processes to some of the largest mixed use and skyscraper projects in the world. Anthony is a Chartered Structural Engineer in the UK.

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Yavor Stoikov - Chaos Group

Yavor Stoikov is a 3D Artist with years of experience in 3D modelling and visualization. Yavor's presentation is 'Parametric, Meet Realism: Real-time rendering for parametric design with V-Ray 3 for Rhino'.

More on Yavor and Chaos Group

When Chaos Group launched V-Ray 3 for Rhino, it set on the path of bringing designers using McNeel’s versatile 3D modeling application ever closer to the V-Ray overall experience, power and ease of use – with a twin CPU and GPU engine, Swarm, new materials, section cuts. Yet among the huge array of new features lay an addition, bringing a unique new approach to every parametric workflow – a V-Ray RT component within Grasshopper. Which, to put it simply, means observing your design evolving at any moment, without exiting the parametric design plugin. In real time.

Made with V-Ray 3 for Rhino

Parametric, Meet Realism: Real-time rendering for parametric design with V-Ray 3 for Rhino: CG Specialist Yavor Stoikov will dive deeper into the new workflows, stemming from the addition of V-Ray RT to the toolset of generative designers – from fast and easy design and concept proofing to the application of Chaos Group’s realistic scanned materials for detailed reviewing. From one-click visualization of complex definitions to the versatility and freedom of all the options for lights and materials, now available directly into the native parametric plugin.

Yavor is a 3D Artist with years of experience in 3D modelling and visualization. He holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia, Bulgaria. Yavor joined the Chaos Group 3D team in 2010, after working for an architectural practice. Since then he has been one of the main driving forces behind the creation of the V-Ray Training Programs and the company’s arch-viz demos.

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Yavor Stoicov - Chaos Group

Bedir Bekar from Elliott Wood

Ian Shepherd from Elliott Wood

Bedir Bekar & Ian Shepherd - Elliott Wood

Bedir & Ian join us from Elliott Wood, a design led civil and structural engineers. With 20 years of experience and a wide ranging portfolio of projects of differing sizes and diverse sectors, Elliott Wood has a reputation for delivering high quality, award winning, design led structural and civil engineering solutions. 

Bedir is a Senior Structural Engineer and Ian specializes in the design and modelling of traditional and complex geometry building projects. They will present 'Making the Battersea Pump House Pavilion'. 

More on Bedir, Ian and Elliott Wood

Bedir Bekar is a Senior Structural Engineer at Elliott Wood responsible for structures new and old using traditional construction materials through to structural glass and pre-fabricated elements. A particular focus of his work is in developing bespoke architectural designs, the arts and sculptures, skatepark design. His approach to design development seeks to combine community involvement and harmonising hand-drawing and conceptualisation methods with digital-to-fabrication processes.

Ian Shepherd joined Elliott Wood in September 2015, specialising in the design and modelling of traditional and complex geometry building projects. His projects have encompassed a variety of functions, and in particular he has focused on the use Grasshopper to optimise the analysis, fabrication and construction elements of a project to quickly realise complex structures.

Making the Battersea Pump House Pavilion

As part of the Wandsworth Arts Fringe, Pump House Gallery commissioned Elliott Wood and NEON architects to deliver a temporary pavilion installed on the gallery forecourt. The aspiration was for the designers to make a site-specific response and explore the relationship between the Grade II listed Pump House, the park and the temporary pavilion.

The aim with this project was to demonstrate how art and design together with the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) could deliver creative opportunities for young people in Wandsworth. We engaged with pupils from Chestnut Grove in the creation of the pavilion, exposing them to the realities of an architectural project and the different roles required in deliver them.

In recognition of the construction site surrounding Battersea Park, Elliott Wood and NEON used simple day-to-day construction elements. The pavilion combines flexible pipes arranged in an organic form with a scaffold framework, which makes the forces and function of the structural elements visible. The pavilion has been realised using the state-of-the-art parametric modelling to push such simple materials to their limits.

Battersea Pump Pavilion

The pavilion celebrates the pipes that used to flow from the Pump House out into Battersea Park. The architectural form is created through a series of repeated distorting arches, designed to reference the classic brick arch, including the iconic front entrance of the Pump House.

Elliott Wood use parametric design as an optimisation tool, as a process driven system rather than object driven system, it is highly transferrable. It frees up the ‘engineering’ and interrogation of schemes by processing the repeatable tasks and data into easily manageable tasks.

Bart Radecki - Digits2Widgets

Bart is a CAD Production Manager at Digits2Widgets, an industrial 3D printing, CAD design and 3D scanning bureau in London.

More on Bart and Digits2Widgets

Bart's Presentation is: From Rhino to 3D Print on the Desktop (and beyond)

His presentation will be of great interest to anyone looking to discover more on 3D Printing models generated in Rhino (and all other CAD platforms).  Bart will focus on the Form 2 – the desktop SLA machine from Formlabs in the context of jewellery, dentistry and art, plus also in product design and architecture.


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D2W offers a wide range of 3D printing and creative design services including access to SLS, SLA and plaster, plus CAD design, 3D Scanning and model making services.

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Carsten Astheimer
Carsten Astheimer - Astheimer

Founder and Creative Director of Astheimer Design, a world class Transportation design consultancy helping to give global clients a competitive advantage through design: including Bentley, JLR, Airstream and Joby Aviation.

More on Carsten and Astheimer Design

Astheimer also work in other sectors including furniture, consumer electronics and FMCG, for clients that include: Caterpillar and Mars.

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Carsten Astheimer - After achieving a BSc Mechanical Engineering Degree in Leicester, Carsten obtained a second BSc Degree in Transportation Design from the Arts Centre College in Pasadena, California where he also gained work experience at Volkswagen Group.

He then spent 15 years in Turin, Italy, the birthplace of automotive design and home of the world’s leading designers. He led one of the 2 studios at Pininfarina, an independent Italian car design firm and coachbuilder, which grew to employ 30 designers.

After ten years, Carsten was headhunted and became the Design Director for the Brunswick Group, a market leader in the marine industry with global premiere brands that include Sealine, Hatteras, Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, and Mercury Engines.

His many awards and achievements include:

  • Lord Stafford Award - Mediche Life 1
  • Motor Boat of the Year for the Sealine SC35
  • Red Dot Award for a Samsung monitor
  • Lorenzo il Magnifico Award for the 2006 Winter Olympics Torch and Cauldron
  • Good Design Award for a Snaidero kitchen
  • Earth Minded Award for the Keating Hotel in San Diego
  • Good Design Award for the 3M Air Purifier

Carlos Perez - McNeel

Carlos is in charge of Sales, Marketing and Business Development for the McNeel EMEA region and is the food4rhino product manager.

More on Carlos and McNeel

Carlos will give an Overview of What's New in Rhino WIP, Grasshopper and food4Rhino Apps and Resources.

What’s coming in the next version of Rhino – Rhino v6?


What are the latest developments with Grasshopper? When will Grasshopper itself finally be “baked”?


Rendering is key. Rhino's rendering tools are improving with major changes to Lighting, Materials, and Viewports.


Rhino's new display pipeline is faster, more stable, and uses features found on modern graphics hardware, like GPU sensitive shaders and memory optimizations. All the details...


Modeling is just one part of the design process; you also need to show how to build what is on the screen. Refinements are being made on many parts of the documentation workflow All the details...


Make2D has been completely rewritten to provide faster, better, cleaner, more customizable, results...

Development Platform

Rhino 6 brings major improvements to available and free SDKs, with API refinements, better documentation, and more access to Rhino commands from Grasshopper...

And more...

Hear how you can access the developing and future features like SubD support, Grasshopper 2, a new real-time rendering engine, and much more.

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Moritz Waldemeyer
Moritz Waldemeyer - Studio Moritz Waldemeyer

Moritz Waldemeyer is an internationally renowned designer based in London. His work occupies a diverse range of creative spaces, from art and product design through to fashion and entertainment. Moritz's Presentation is entitled 'Shedding a light on parametric design'

More on Studio Moritz Waldemeyer

In 2004 Moritz made his debut into the design world with an interactive chandelier for Swarovski. With a forward thinking approach and a philosophy of playful experimentation Studio Moritz Waldemeyer is forging links between technology, art, fashion and design.

'Shedding a light on parametric design' - For more than a decade Studio Waldemeyer has made a name for itself innovating in the world of light art and design, breaking with all conventions of classic creative disciplines. During his talk, Moritz Waldemeyer goes back in the history of the Studio and shares some of the most memorable moments whilst showing how parametric design has slowly become an intricate part of the studio's tool set. 


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Studio Moritz Waldemeyer has taken on projects for Audi, Intercontinental Hotels, Rinacente and Wallpaper Magazines 2014 Handmade issue. Studio Moritz Waldemeyer has also created bespoke light studded costumes for Will.I.AM, Rihanna, Take That and the 2012 London Olympics handover Ceremony performers.

In 2013, Moritz Waldemeyer’s My New Flame element was inducted as part of MOMA’s permanent collection

Studio Moritz Waldemeyer strive to create innovative concepts incorporating his signature aesthetic into each piece


Moritz Waldemeyer 

Emma-Kate Matthews

Emma-Kate Matthews is an Architect, Artist, Musician and Composer. In 2012, she founded EKM Works; a creative practice which promotes cross-disciplinary work with a focus in exploring the boundaries of innovative technologies. 

More on Emma-Kate Matthews

Emma-Kate teaches a Masters design unit at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL where she is also due to begin a design and performance-led PhD. Her research concerns spatio-temporal interdependence between architecture and performed music. In 2015, she released two solo albums of experimental music featuring both electronic and acoustic instruments. She is currently writing a site-specific composition for the Church of St Leonard in Shoreditch, which is directly influenced by digital acoustic simulation and 3D scanning. This piece will be performed later this summer.

Aside from her academic work, Emma-Kate is also a member of the team at bespoke fabrication company Weber Industries, where she specialises in geometric rationalisation, digital fabrication, simulation, generative and parametric modelling.

Emma-Kate's presentation is entitled Generation to Fabrication

A presentation of projects which have used Rhino and Grasshopper throughout all stages; from the initial generation of geometric forms, through to the creation of fabrication drawings and organisation of assembly information. Examples will include the recently completed “exploded sphere screens” by Weber industries: A hanging structure containing almost 1000 machined Aluminium Pieces.


Exploded Sphere Screens - Weber Industries

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Oliver Salway - Softroom
Oliver Salway - Softroom

Oliver trained at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, and graduated in 1994. Prior to founding Softroom, Oliver worked with Ron Arad Associates, notably on projects for the Tel Aviv Opera House and Belgo restaurants, and in magazine publishing with Condé-Nast and UCL.

More on Oliver and Softroom

Oliver is a founding director of Softroom. He is currently director in charge of projects as far afield as Seoul and Istanbul as well as the UK. Over the past 20 years with the company, Oliver has overseen many projects in the commercial, public and arts sectors. Among those are galleries at the British Museum and the V&A, lounges and hotels in the USA, Europe and Asia and the Upper Class aircraft interior for Virgin Atlantic.

Oliver lectures at universities and conferences around the world. He’s served as a judge for the Design Week awards, and as a university external examiner. Oliver has experience of complex project structures in the architectural field and in addition has  developed specialisms in museum and exhibition design, product and interior design and visualisation.

Softroom is a leading architecture and design studio, based in London, whose work spans a broad range of sectors – from the arts to transportation, to commercial and retail space. Oliver Salway is a founder of the company and will be discussing his 35-years of experience using 3D CAD software and how Softroom see their use of Rhino and other packages developing, as well as presenting some recent projects where Rhino has played a key role.


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Softroom was founded in 1995 by directors Christopher Bagot and Oliver Salway. Since then, they have built an international reputation for excellence in architecture and interior design. Softroom's work spans a broad range of sectors – from the arts, to transportation, to commercial and retail space. Major clients include the British Museum, Eurostar, and Virgin Atlantic, and they’ve won a range of awards. Their design for the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at London Heathrow received a D&AD Yellow Pencil, and they’ve won multiple RIBA awards and the Stephen Lawrence Prize. The Softroom team is talented, dedicated, and deeply collaborative. They work closely with their clients to create designs that both satisfy their needs, and make a lasting and positive impression on everyone who encounters them. Softroom are a RIBA Chartered practice, based in Waterloo, London, with clients all over the world.

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Daniel Piker - Kangaroo3d

Kangaroo is a Live Physics engine for interactive simulation, form-finding, optimization and constraint solving. Daniel, the developer of Kangaroo, will update us on what's new and what's coming for Kangaroo v2.

More on Daniel and Kangaroo3d

Daniel Piker


Breakout times offer the perfect opportunity to visit our event partners who will be available for conversation and demonstrations. If you’d like to make an appointment to see someone this can also be arranged, just let us know.

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Chaos Group will be on hand to show the latest V-Ray 3 for Rhino on up to date hardware around the room - visit and experience for yourself this major new version of V-Ray for Rhino.


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Flux - Anthony Buckley-Thorp from Flux will be presenting on the day and we would encourage you to catch Anthony outside of his presentation to hear all the latest Flux news…


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Formlabs will be present to show the brilliant Form 2 3D printer, popular with Product and Industrial Designers, Architects, Jewellers and more.


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PNY and Scan Computers – The very latest Workstations and Graphics Cards from two market leaders.  Come and see / test the most up to date hardware for Rhino / V-Ray etc.


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RhinoCFD - come and meet Andrew Carmichael from Cham, the developers of RhinoCFD, Andrew will be on hand to demonstrate the first Computational Fluid Dynamics plug-in for Rhino for Windows.


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VisualARQ - VisualARQ v2 is coming… soon! Meet its developer Francesc Salla who will be in the room giving demonstrations.


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Wacom is a company driven by a commitment ‘to a creative world’. As a technology leader, Wacom is at the forefront of the global market in intuitive and natural user interface technology. Their innovations are widely used in industries from 3D modelling, architecture, automotive and industrial design, animation and gaming development. Wacom’s patented digital pen technology is also used in smartphones, tablets and digital signature solutions. Please contact Jason Walden on +44 (0) 7867 421831 for more information or come see Jason and all the kit on the day!


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3dRudder - come and meet with the team from 3dRudder and try out the feet-based VR and 3D motion controller that you can use while seated.




Photo highlights from the last Rhino UK UGM - June 2015.







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