Category Archives: hardware

grbl_mc for 250W Brushless Spindle

Got me an ER11 brushless spindle from aliexpress … Quite nice, silent and powerful .. Had to modify the grbl_mc firmware switch to 0-100% pwm break out EN and DIR pin also break out coolant pins start storing (and managing) settings in eeprom remove ESC startup code

Open Energy Monitor

Getting a grip on power usage at home: Open Energy Monitor Changes: 3 phase setup changed wireless module for nRF24L01+ saving 3phase energy in eeprom @ power loss Also: there is a mobile monitoring device based on the digispark pro, a tiny i2c OLED and an nrf24L01+ module. See software. I’ve also played a bit… Read More »

digispark pro first impressions

Hey, so the digispark pros arrived: the board is quite impressive as it’s only slightly larger than the original digispark … it is packed with many nice hardware features: SPI, i2c, pwm … and loads of it (compared to it’s size) the RGB LEDs worked out of the box one of my two RF24 shields… Read More »

grbl shields

So, i have a single layer grbl shield and a dual layer grbl control shield for a leonardo on my desk. grbl shield: single top-layer (the silver one) i2c connector (bottom right) axis/stepper connectors (top right) limits connector (top center) depth sensor connector (top left) 3 switches for reset/start/stop status LED spindle control shield: dual… Read More »

PCB designs for grbl

‘ve been working on PCB designs for my grbl setup: main controller spindle controller stepstick adapter for NEMA23 stepper I’ have them produced asap … Update: some grbl_mc PCBs should arrive end of next week. 2 of them might be available for sale (including the TBX…). please email if interested. an earlier version of the… Read More »

arduino _delay uses a timer!

Be sure to be aware of “hidden” dependencies on AVR hardware! The arduino GLCD lib (build 442) does use _delay( ms) (and therefore “timer0“) for it’s initial setup – and never after. If you’re trying to use timer0 for your own purposes – make sure you GLCD.Init(); first. After the display is set up, you… Read More »

spindle & cooling controller for grbl

So, spindle and cooling control with a lcd is coming up: connect to grbl via i2c 15-bits of rpm flood&mist cooling tool select (Tx) and tool change (M6) display a message (not yet integrated in grbl) It’s using a simple 1/2-byte protocol. UPDATE: Closed loop rpm control is working. Spindle is -off-. The servo pwm… Read More »