Grbl for ESP32 Beta Release

Grbl for ESP32 Firmware Beta

After a lot of work and testing, I have posted the firmware to GitHub. I have a good write-up on the process I went through to get to this point on this blog post. There are some basic getting started instructions on the GitHub page. Realistically, this probably should not be your first Grbl or ESP32 project, but go ahead if you like.

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If you see any issues, please comment here or at GitHub. GitHub is preferred for firmware issue tracking.

BTW: If you are interesting the test controller I made, here is a schematic.

Next Steps

I have a busy couple of weeks coming up with some friends coming from France to visit. I won’t be able to work on the project much. The first thing I want to add when I get a chance is BlueTooth support. If you know of any similar projects streaming text from a phone or PC to ESP32 over Bluetooth, please let me know.

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9 Responses to “Grbl for ESP32 Beta Release”


  1. Bob

    Hey Bart- just wanted to say this is super cool. I bought your grbl pen plotter board several months ago and have finished designing and assembling a small plotter. I’m about to begin testing the electronics…I’ve resolved to finish it in it’s current config but maybe my next one will be running on ESP32! thanks for your hard work, it’s appreciated.

  2. bdring

    Thanks Bob,

    The ESP32 is perfect for tiny machines that need a few tweaks to normal Grbl. It has the code space, peripherals and speed to deal with them.

    I have a cool, new project that needed this, so that gave me the push I needed to finish this. Stay tuned…

  3. Colin Gearon

    Hello Bob
    Great project I admire your work. Will you be selling the pcb that you have designed if so I will buy one please let me know how much you want for one.

  4. bdring

    @colin

    I have a extra blanks of this PCB. I’ll let you know if I decide to sell them. I probably won’t know for a few weeks.

  5. Colin Gearon

    Hello Bart
    Great project I admire your work. Will you be selling the pcb that you have designed if so I will buy one and pay for postage please let me know how much you want for one.

  6. Colin Gearon

    Thank you Bart for your prompt reply.

  7. Colin

    Hi Bart
    I think you have a winner here have you thought about putting together some self assembly kits a la http://www.Protoneer.nz with their self assembly kits for the Arduino CNC shield?

  8. bdring

    @ Colin I will probably do that soon. I made the prototype PCB about 25% larger than it needed to be to make it easy to wire and probe. Do you prefer a large board (100mm x 100) or smaller (70mm x 70mm)?

  9. Colin

    Hi Bart
    Iwould stick with the larger board as space is not a problem for this type of project. It also leaves room for some later customisation if required.

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