Nolop in the summer of 2024

Nolop is closed until June 17th.

BUT! Ready your parasols, degrease your flip-flops, and charge your transistor radios because summer is incipient! Instead of hurtling off toward Sadelmelik, it looks like the Sun is going to pull us around again, which means summer is coming!

Starting on June 17th, we’ll be open 9 AM to 5 PM on weekdays, plus a few evenings until 9 PM, but we still have to work out the details. We’ll probably be closed on Juneteenth and the 4th of July. This schedule will continue through Friday, August 9th. We will then close again until classes start at 9 AM on September 3, 2024.

(I’ll update this post when we know the evening hours in more detail.)

Update on the evening hours: we’re open Monday through Thursday evenings until 9 PM, except not the week of July 4th, because all the staff are leaving town.

We will be open on July 5th from 9 AM – 3 PM.

In July and early August, we’ll be running engineering programs for high school students in the mornings and a couple of the afternoons. You’re welcome to stop by and see what’s going on, but it tends to be super busy, so you might have better luck in the afternoons and evenings.

The red zone will be closed during the summer; talk to Brandon if you really need to use a table saw for something.

Nolop in the fall of 2023

Nolop is open for the fall semester. We strive to be open every day from 9 AM – 11 PM, but we close a little earlier on Friday and Saturday nights; more precise hours are posted on the Nolop hours page.

We will close for winter break on the last day of final exams, Thursday, December 21 at 5 PM.

Nolop in the summer of 2023

That’s right, summer is here, enthusiasts! Break out your lemonade pitcher, your hammock, and your mass market paperbacks because the northern hemisphere is tilted toward the sun!

Nolop is closed until June 20th, but then we’ll be open 9 AM to 5 PM on weekdays, plus Mondays and Wednesdays until 9 PM. This schedule will continue through Friday, August 18th. We will then close again until 9 AM on September 5, 2023.

(edited to reflect closing at 5 PM on non-Monday-Wednesday weekdays)

In July and early August, we’ll be running engineering programs for high school students in the mornings and a couple of the afternoons. You’re welcome to stop by and see what’s going on, but it tends to be super busy, so you might have better luck in the afternoons and evenings.

The red zone will be closed during the summer; talk to Brandon if you really need to use a table saw for something.

Nolop in the winter of 2023

We’ll reopen after winter break at 9 AM on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. After that, we should generally be open from 9 AM until 11 PM every day, but a little less on weekends.

Come on in and build some stuff!

Nolop in the fall of 2022

As of August 19, Nolop has closed for the last two weeks of the summer so that Brandon can take a vacation. We will reopen at 9 AM on September 6, 2022. We aspire to be open roughly every day, 9 AM – 11 PM from then until some time in May, 2023.

Let’s go, everyone!

Nolop: mostly open, summer 2022

UPDATE: Nolop will be open 1-8 PM on weekdays, plus 6-8 PM on most Sundays from now until August 19. Nolop will be closed on July 2-4th. Go watch fireworks!

Nolop will remain closed until 9 AM on Monday, June 27, 2022. We might open earlier; if that would be interesting to you, post something in the Nolop Slack.

Once we re-open in June, After July 5 or so, Nolop will be open at least most weekday afternoons and evenings until around August 19. We’ll then close for roughly two weeks, re-opening for the fall semester at 9 AM on September 6, 2022.

I’ll update this post as we sort out the details.

Nolop spring break 2022

Nolop will be open 11 AM – 7 PM every day of spring break. Masks are still required.

So far, it’s pretty mellow. We’ve got some physicists building a radio telescope, a few robotics club projects (a Pacbot and a Battlebot), and some people who appear to be installing zippers into sneakers.

Come on by and join the fun!

Nolop: spring 2022

Enthusiasts! The plan right now is that Nolop will open at 9 AM on January 24, 2022, for normal operation. Before January 24, we will be closed.

The regulations will be roughly the same as last semester:

  • You must wear a mask (N95/KN95/KF94) at all times. See the Mask Nerd for recommendations and the thrill of data.
  • You may no longer eat or drink in Nolop.

These restrictions may be eased later in the semester, but for now, this is what we need to operate in-person.

In unrelated news, the laser cutter lens has been replaced; we are now at FULL POWER!

Nolop: Thanksgiving break, 2021

Enthusiasts!

Nolop will be open a little bit over Thanksgiving break.

Wednesday: 9 AM – noon and 6 PM – 11 PM
Thursday: 9 AM – 10:30 AM
Friday: noon – 4 PM
Saturday: 2 PM – 7 PM
Sunday: maybe noon? – 4 PM?, if Matt is back in town?

Thanks to Adolfo, Spencer, and anyone else who ends up covering shifts while everybody else gorges themselves and then regrets it.

Nolop in the fall of 2021

Nolop will definitely open by Tuesday, September 7th, 2021. Everyone is welcome to use the space provided you are masked. Right now, we don’t anticipate any occupancy limits, though that might change.

(We may open before September 7th if staff are available; watch the Nolop Slack for details.)

Beyond masking, the only change to our policies is that we ask that you eat and drink elsewhere (like out on the charming patio, with its stylish red chairs). You’re welcome to possess food or drink while in Nolop, but masking is what is going to keep us healthy, so we’re strict about it.

For those of you who were new to Nolop last year, you will need to adjust to one other change, which is that the Nolop staff will no longer be accepting fabrication requests through Slack. We will make exceptions for people who have to quarantine, but, in general, we are returning to our old model, in which you all operate the machines yourself. This is because we are a school, and we want you to learn how to make stuff yourself. The staff are happy to help you learn how to use everything; that’s actually what I pay them for.

If you are too busy to make stuff yourself, you could try Shapeways for 3D printing, Big Blue Saw for laser and waterjet cutting, and Xometry for machined parts.

Welcome back to Nolop, everyone. I am thrilled to see what you will create.

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