Chris Fryer is a maker, writer and entrepreneur from Melbourne, Australia. He has many hobbies including, computer aided design, programming, gaming, robotics, gardening, bonsai and more. He has designed everything from aircraft to rovers, doorknobs and dinosaurs and is a self declared Fusion 360 guru. Of course he has very well equipped makerspace in his backyard with 3D printers, a laser cutter, lathe, mill and all sorts machines including way too many model aircraft. When he's not playing computer games he makes YouTube videos, designs stuff and creates assistive devices for the disabled. Chris had the good luck to be born five minutes before his identical twin, Nick. At age seven both had the misfortune of being diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy a life threatening muscle wasting disease. Many of the devices they developed jointly and use every day. In 2014 Chris started a makerspace in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, called Melbourne Eastern Suburbs Hackers or MESH. MESH currently meets once every two weeks at Swinburne’s Wantirna Campus, 369 Stud Road, Wantirna. You can find further information on MESH's website or MeetUp.com page or any social media platform. Chris strongly believes in the power of open source software and hardware, anything he designs is made available under the GPL-3.0 licence. Chris is also believes in the power of technology to make the world a better place. The world is swiftly becoming a better place (don’t believe the nightly news) - free trade is always a better deal than more explosive ways of dealing with our differences. Everybody in this world matters equally and all of us have the capacity to do amazing things. Individuals have never been more powerful than we are right now with the sum of human knowledge at our fingertips, trivial global communications and increasingly accessible fabrication technologies such as 3D printing and Laser Cutting. On the second of October 2018 Chris lost his twin brother to complications resulting from Muscular Dystrophy. When Chris is not talking about himself in the third person he can be found in his shed continuing the legacy of his brother Nick and also working on his multitude of personal projects with his carers and his "assistant" John Oxer. During summer he can be found in his garden telling his carers how to trim his bonsai (it's not that hard). Chris is 41 year's old.
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