Through the use of two inspirational examples, this program will encourage and enable students to incorporate CAD into their own design projects. The first case study follows the Starchaser team as they use CAD in an attempt to become the first privately funded initiative to launch three people into space. We see CAD being used to design rocket boosters, the pod and find out about virtual testing. Students can follow the project's progress at www.starchaser.co.uk. Using the development of paintball markers, the second case study shows how CAD and CAM combine to produce cost-effective, tailor-made products. Students discover how designers use CAD to personalise stock lines and how technical alterations can be rapidly brought to market.