09/27/2013 04:54 pm ET

Table Talk: What Would You Make With A 3D Printer?

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book:

It's already possible to print everything from homework to newspapers and movie tickets... on paper. But what if you could print actual objects: toys, clothes -- even food?

It's not such a crazy idea. In fact, with 3D printers, it's becoming a reality.

One could even "print" an entire dinner -- from plates and silverware to pizza, pasta and panna cotta -- although it's expensive and pretty time-consuming. With help from some experts, A.J. Jacobs tried it out, and wrote about the experience in the New York Times.

Tonight, let's talk about how 3D printing can potentially be helpful to humans in the future, and whether we'd want to try it out ourselves.

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think 3D printers are a good thing?
  • If you had one, what would you print?
  • What problems do you think 3D printers will help solve?

In her cookbook, The Family Dinner, Laurie David talks about the importance of families making a ritual of sitting down to dinner together, and how family dinners offer a great opportunity for meaningful discussions about the day's news. "Dinner," she says, "is as much about digestible conversation as it is about delicious food."

We couldn't agree more. So HuffPost has joined with Laurie and every Friday afternoon, just in time for dinner, our editors highlight one of the most compelling news stories of the week -- stories that will spark a lively discussion among the whole family.