James Cameron was the keynote speaker of SolidWorks World 2010. The format of his presentation was in a sit down interview with John Hirschtick, founder of SolidWorks. Cameron is a fascinating presenter who covered a surprizing number of 3D CAD relevent topics. Though not mentioned in the movie Avatar, Cameron stated that the idea behind the human equipment on the alien world was that it was made on the planet itself and not sent there from Earth. In a cleaver statement, he declared that the huge bulldozers of the movie where 3D printed (fictionally, of course). Though not an engineer or scientist himself, he stated “I geek out on the hard science side”. Hirschtick asked Cameron if SolidWorks was used in the process of making Avatar. Though Cameron did not give a direct answer, he did state that artists should use the tools with which they are comfortable early in the process of the project.
Cameron’s first step on every project is to go on a brainstorming retreat. He then applies three statements.
- Hope is not a strategy
- Luck is not a factor
- Fear is not an option (Don’t be afraid to be bold)
Cameron is working on projects that will be putting equipment on Mars, and also an exploration to the bottom of the Marianas Trench (7 miles down). He talked about using FEA to verify the design of his deep ocean vehicle. He will personally be going down to the bottom of the ocean in the vehicle, so it had better be done right the first time.
A later article will cover the press conference that followed.