Brad Mulwenge

Hi. I am Brad Mulwenge, a computer science major at Principia. I'm currently enrolled in 3D - Technology class

Biography[edit | edit source]

Brad Mulwenge is an international student from Nairobi, Kenya. He is a freshman enrolled at Principia College with a major in Computer Science. Brad is part of the indoor track and field team at Principia where he competes in the long jump and hopes to try the triple jump soon. In his free time, he loves to write codes and play sports. He hopes to join the soccer team in the fall and also be a member of the esports team.

Reflection on Open Source Hardware[edit | edit source]

The open source movement is a way of life that encourages communication, openness, and the sharing of information and assets. It is fueled by a community of programmers, engineers, and tech enthusiasts who are committed to creating software and technologies that anybody can use.

I'm drawn to the open source movement because of its focus on accessibility, openness, and diversity. International collaboration on software development is made possible through open source projects, which might result in better and more creative solutions. The availability of the source code also promotes a high level of transparency, which contributes to the development of trust and credibility in the product.

I had a wonderful opportunity to get involved in the Open Source movement through the Jellybox build experience and observe how it functions firsthand. The schematics, software, and design files for the Jellybox 3D printer kit were all made accessible to the public for free. It was a true collaborative project because the public was invited to participate in the printer's development. I had to follow the detailed directions that were easy to understand in order to build the Jellybox. I did, however, occasionally need the assistance of the community and my course mates, especially when it came to resolving problems or making adjustments. This experience confirmed to me the value of community support and cooperation in open source projects.

In the future, I see myself continuing to participate in the open source movement by contributing to existing projects or even starting my own. I am thrilled to be a member of the open source movement because I think it has the ability to produce more cutting-edge and approachable technologies.

Projects[edit | edit source]

House Project
House Project.jpg This was the first project we did and the house roof turned out to be great,
My First Print
Rainbow Six SIege logo.jpg This was my first print.Its a Rainbow six Siege Keychain Holder
Jellybox Replacement Part
Replacement part.jpg For this project, I decided to print a fan cover replacement part. The original file had the cover all filled in, which I accidentally printed. I printed it again with a Tri-Hexagon shape with an infill density of about 50%.
Blender Exercise
Snow-Man.jpg We learned how to use Blender. This is the second print of this design. The face and body were kinda off, due to lack of support but I'm still learning also using blender was tough but fun.

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FreeCAD Exercise
Propeller- project.jpg We learned the basics of FreeCAD, and Design a fan propeller.

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OpenSCAD Exercise
Coin-trapper.jpg The fundamentals of OpenSCAD were covered. For the assignment, we created this coin holder and modified a rock wall holder. Although this tool is undoubtedly simple to use if you have coding skills, I find it to be really challenging to utilize. That it doesn't tell me what's wrong irritates me. It simply places a red dot someplace, and when I check that line, nothing is wrong.

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Educational Project
Tibia and fibula.jpg This is a Bone structure of the Tibia and Fibula bones located in the Human body right between the knee and and ankle. I created this project mainly to be used in a class demonstration especially in a biology class whenever students are studying the human skeleton. This project would cost about 13-15 cents of filament where it will cost about 18$ just to have one part of the two bones.

File:TIbia and fibula.stl

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OSAT Project
Clip image.jpg This is a peg or clip model. I started this project with a main focus of making a cloth line peg/clip, but later realized it can be a multipurpose clip that can be used with anything depending on with the size of clip needed for the job.

Link to OSAT project Page

File:OSAT Clip .stl

File:OSAT Clip STL.blend

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BIG $ Project
Grad-coaster-2.jpg This is a custom-made coaster, the P is a trial to achieve Principia's P logo with the class of and date for graduates of the college.

The coaster was made in OpenScad making the product easily modifiable by anyone. This is a reliable piece that can cost less than 50 cents worth of PLA.

Cup Coaster Page

File:Coaster Stl.stl

File:Coaster scad .scad

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Courses with a service learning component[edit | edit source]

I have used Appropedia to support the following courses:

Resources for Educating Children[edit | edit source]

If you are contributing to Appropedia - you should seriously consider submitting a manuscript once your project has come together

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