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Access to Applications and Increased Material Selection
FDM 3D printers work with a range of standard thermoplastics, such as ABS, PLA, and their various blends. Engineering materials, such as Nylon, PETG, PA, or TPU and high-performance thermoplastics like PEEK or PEI are also available, but often limited to selected professional FDM printers that support them.
SLA resins have the benefit of a wide range of formulation configurations: materials can be soft or hard, heavily filled with materials like glass and ceramic, or imbued with mechanical properties like high heat deflection temperature or impact resistance. Various resin formulations offer a wide range of optical, mechanical, and thermal properties to match those of standard, engineering, and industrial thermoplastics.
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FDM machines can print with thicker layers and generally use a lower infill which results in fast 3D prints. FDM also has fewer post-processing steps for simple parts. Depending on the project, this means that prints are ready to use soon after they have finished. This is ideal for applications like rapid prototyping, where it allows users to quickly evaluate success and move on to another print or project.
LFS printing materials such as Draft Resin prints up to 40% faster than FDM 3D printers. With a 300-micron layer height, Draft Resin is accurate enough to meet prototyping needs while enabling faster design iterations. Models that take up the entire build volume of an LFS printer can take up to 20 hours to print in standard materials and may require printing overnight. Printing the same part at 300-micron layers with Draft Resin takes less than six hours.
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Date: 2nd, 3rd & 4th September 2019
Location: University of Liverpool, School of Engineering, Brownlow Hill, L69 3BX
Details: We are offering the chance to attend a 3-Day, Rhino Level-1 class which takes place at Liverpool University this coming September.
This course is suitable for anyone new to Rhino or for those who want a thorough refresher on all the basics and is being delivered by Certified Trainers from McNeel and Simply Rhino.
More details on the Rhino Level-1 3-day course can be found here.
Course includes an Introduction to Grasshopper
There is likely to be an AEC industry focus for this group
Places at Rhino Summer School are limited and are only open to those who fulfill this eligibility criteria:
We ask those eligible and who would like to join us to fill in a short application form and pay the £25 + VAT course registration fee:
Please ensure you fulfill the RSS eligibility criteria displayed above before applying for a place.
You will be contacted as soon as your application is approved and full course joining details will be sent to you.
Should you be eligible, apply and a place not be available you will recieve a refund of your registration fee.
These 3-hour workshops will introduce you to the main tools VisualARQ adds to Rhino for developing an architectural project inside Rhino, producing the 2D documentation drawings and delivering a BIM model for other AEC applications...
Your trainer is Francesc Salla. Francesc is an architect who graduated at the ETSAV (UPC) in 2008 and joined Asuni in 2010. Francesc is the Product Manager of VisualARQ and Lands Design, the two main products of Asuni.
The workshop will take place on Wednesday 8th May 2019.
The 3-hour session will start at 09:30 and finish at 12:30.
The workshop will take place at the Simply Rhino Training Centre in Bethnal Green, London. Directions to the training can be found here.
Please click here to sign-up for the workshop. We’ll email you to confirm your session.
Shape to Fabrication looks to cutting-edge technology, innovative construction & applications in architecture, design, engineering & construction.
2018 will see the 7th iteration of Shape to Fabrication and will feature projects and presentations from leading studios, innovators and makers.
From the STF archives:
In 2016 Joseph Walsh and Miroslav Hlava presented for us on day two of STF6. The presentation focused on two projects in particular, The Verona Project and Magnus Celesti.
The Verona Project, commissioned for a medieval private chapel near Verona in Italy, focuses on the creation of two sculptural shelves, (each of which are almost 8m long) that will incorporate 14 tall glass oil lamps.
The title, Magnus Celesti, derives from the Latin words Magnus (‘Large' / ‘Great') and Celesti (‘Heavenly’). This series of work presents an opportunity for Joseph Walsh to address the relationship between form and function, as well as the artists' challenge to encourage viewers to see and experience a piece from different perspectives.
At STF 6 James Griffith of Arup presented “If we could design a million buildings in our sleep…” - Parametric analysis at the cutting edge of glass design.
Automated manufacturing techniques have driven façade panels to myriad of complex shapes in recent years. This is particularly noticeable in glass, where curved or angular geometries are now commonplace in high profile projects. Such a transition requires engineers to not only have detailed knowledge of structures and materials, but also be able to develop digital tools to rapidly analyse and investigate schemes.
In this presentation, James Griffith explores and demonstrates the benefits of delivering this combination on recent glass projects in Arup. By developing detailed parametric structural analysis tools, rapid input to geometrical and materiality decisions can be provided at early stages of the design and incorporated into a full exploration of design options.
Michal’s 2016 Shape to Fabrication presentation was divided between two of his long-term parametric projects:
Tylko.com is a start-up with a mission to digitize the furniture industry. All of Tylko’s pieces are made on-demand with cnc machines. Parametric design with grasshopper is at the very center of the company. It enables data drive feedback and iterating products on a daily basis to optimize for users expectations as well as manufacturing and shipping conditions;
Microlattice series developed for Joris Laarman Studio contains three 3d printed chairs where functional conditions are addressed through parametric cells.
Visit the Shape to Fabrication website for more information on previous STF conferences and to join the STF Community!
Presenting at the meeting:
Heatherwick studio will present two projects covering the topic of designing, making and collaborating through computational tools.
Heatherwick’s Geometry and Computational Design team will go through the computational processes behind design and making in the studio concentrating on two projects, Vessel in New York with a focus on driving the geometry and Al Fayah Park in Abu Dhabi with a focus on Form Finding and working with collaborative tools.
AKT II have extensive experience in collaborative computational design. They have developed a suite of tools which allows them to react to client changes more efficiently and have a complete control of database tracking, allowing optimisation of structural performance and cost.
AKT II's presentation will explore a series of examples where this new approach was experimented, tested and improved, the Al Fayah Park in collaboration with Heatherwick studio and the 2016 serpentine Pavillion with BIG, and more.
Thanks to Heatherwick Studio for kindly hosting this Grasshopper UK meeting.
Images courtesy of Heatherwick Studio.
We'll be joining design and manufacturing company Wax-Masters at Make Your Mark.
Visit us, learn about Rhino3d and see the Formlabs Form 2 SLA 3D Printer in action.
We'll show you how through CAD design we can help take your design concept though to a finished piece.
See you there!
We’re looking to bring together a group interested in meeting in order to network, discuss and explore Virtual Reality solutions for Rhino.
At each meeting there would be at least one presentation from a customer with experience in this field, all followed by group discussion and informal pleasantries.
Our first VR for Rhino User Group Meeting date is set for Tuesday 10th October 2017 in London and we hope you can join us.
The meeting will commence with a presentation from Grimshaw Architects:
Grimshaw has a history of using VR in an architectural setting, including early adoption of the Oculus Rift as a fully dynamic environment, and subsequently Samsung Gear headsets for more static experiences.
Over the past year, we have been increasingly looking at using VR beyond a presentation capacity, and integrating the technology into the design process. To date this has largely been looking at using VR for design reviews through Prospect, with the hope of progressing to a modelling platform via applications such as Mindesk, and eventually developing our own tools to leverage the most from VR.
The presentation will show our experiences and progress using VR and Rhino, from early exploration for presentations to a more established review-oriented workflow.
Following the presentation from Grimshaw there will be a group discussion on the following topics:
We hope to see many of you at this first meeting, please don’t forget to let us know you are coming by registering for your place - see above. This is important and will enable us ensure space for everyone!
Last, but definitely not least...
Thanks to Softroom for supporting this initiative and hosting this first VR with Rhino UGM
Top Left / Top Right - Courtesy of Mathew Parri Thomas
Bottom Left / Bottom Right - Courtesy of Grimshaw Architects
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?
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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.
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.
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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.
Anthony is Managing Partner of the Flux Advanced Services + Technology (FAST) arm of Flux.io, 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.
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'.
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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.
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.
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'.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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Astheimer also work in other sectors including furniture, consumer electronics and FMCG, for clients that include: Caterpillar and Mars.
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:
Carlos Perez - McNeel
Carlos is in charge of Sales, Marketing and Business Development for the McNeel EMEA region and is the food4rhino product manager.
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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...
Rhino 6 brings major improvements to available and free SDKs, with API refinements, better documentation, and more access to Rhino commands from Grasshopper...
Hear how you can access the developing and future features like SubD support, Grasshopper 2, a new real-time rendering engine, and much more.
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'
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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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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…
Formlabs will be present to show the brilliant Form 2 3D printer, popular with Product and Industrial Designers, Architects, Jewellers and more.
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.
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.
VisualARQ - VisualARQ v2 is coming… soon! Meet its developer Francesc Salla who will be in the room giving demonstrations.
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!
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.