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New Church Street Shop Aims to Spark 3-D Creativity


Blu-Bin founder Dan Riley preparing the company's new Church Street location. Photo by Taylor Dobbs

Next week, a new store on Burlington's Church Street is set to open offering 3-D printing services to businesses and retail customers for virtually any object they can imagine.

Blu-Bin, a startup out of Poultney founded by Green Mountain College alumnus Dan Riley, opened Vermont’s first commercial 3-D printing operation in September 2012. The company has since made all sorts of plastic stuff for customers, such as phone cases, personalized keychains and replacement parts for other items.

Now almost a year old, the company is expanding to the retail hub of Vermont: Church Street. The new location occupies a small storefront underneath the Upstairs Mall on the street's top block.

Does the market for widgets and whatsits really have enough demand to cover the overhead that comes with a Church Street storefront? David Newlands, chief operating officer of Blu-Bin, says yes.