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When people think of 3D printing, many think of a new technology that is out of reach and too complicated to use even if they had access to it. However, the buying trends of 3D printers, particularly among schools and libraries, show that isn’t true.Many libraries have purchased 3D printers allowing patrons to make items ranging from cookie cutters to replacement parts for tools. According to research firm Gartner, 3D printer sales will double over the next four years. The 2,100 percent increase in sales that is projected to happen by 2018 can be attributed first to automobile, aerospace, and consumer-good manufacturers.But 1.8 million of sales out of a projected 2.3 million are expected to be purchased by consumers, writes Melissa Workman for The Christian Science Monitor. This includes institutions such as public libraries, and schools that see the educational benefits of these ‘maker’ devices.Now that 3D printers are popping up in more schools, companies are developing software that students can use to create their designs.An Australian based start-up called Maker’s Empire has created a 3D printing program for tablets geared towards kids.