Medford’s 14-year-old Sammy Salvano didn’t want to lend a helping hand to his friend Ewan Kirby – he wanted to give him a hand.

Salvano has always loved to build things, and this summer he set his sights on an ambitious project: using his 3D printer to create a functioning prosthetic hand for his best friend, who was born missing most of the fingers on his left hand. He taught himself how to use his 3D printer during quarantine, and took this on as a summer project.

It took a lot of trial and error – “Trust me, there were plenty of hand parts scattered all over the house,” says Sammy’s mom, Sharon. But it worked like a charm – even bending at the fingers to let Ewan pick things up. Salvano, currently in 8th grade, hopes to be an engineer one day, and it looks like he’s well on his way.

November 2021
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