The STEAMengine USA project was created by the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation (Commerce RI) with the intent to target RI defense manufacturers and assist them in diversifying their current defense workload to commercial markets. A major goal of the STEAMengine USA project was to intentionally marry two industry sectors with complementary and somewhat dependent strengths: industrial design and manufacturing. Project initiatives developed with our strategic partners (Polaris MEP, RISD and Bryant University, and private consultants), provided targeted programming to defense manufacturers throughout the state of Rhode Island through direct business consulting to educational programs on design thinking. By bridging the gap between manufacturers and designers, and bringing the tools for intellectual property, education and investment, we take the isolated strengths of these assets and create a powerful, integrated system for innovation.
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