Mega 2560 Original Page

Below are the old instructions for grbl running on Mega 2560. It is kept here for reference. Newer and improved versions exist. Check out the Mega 2560 page.

\Downloads\arduino-1.0.5\hardware\tools\avr\bin\avrdude.exe -C \Downloads\arduino-1.0.5\hardware\tools\avr\etc\avrdude.conf -c wiring -p atmega2560 -P\\.\COM6 -b115200 -D -Uflash:w:grbl.hex

This is the same command with much more debugging and verification turned off:

\Downloads\arduino-1.0.5\hardware\tools\avr\bin\avrdude.exe -C \Downloads\arduino-1
.0.5\hardware\tools\avr\etc\avrdude.conf -v -v -v -v -c wiring -p atmega2560 -P\\.\COM6 -b115200 -F -V -D -Uflash:w:grbl.hex

A few things I had to do:

  • I needed to load the most recent Arduino drivers from 1.0.5 for my Windows 7 64 bit system to see the Mega2560.
  • I changed to the directory that contained the hex file
  • The ‘wiring’ programmer type was needed
  • None of that worked until I opened up the Arduino IDE and sent down a sketch. This somehow enabled COM6 and now I could run the command line avrdude command.

You can probably turn off some of the above options, like the verbose mode.

Some useful links:

http://false.ekta.is/2011/05/avrdude-5-10-arduino-mega-2560-command-line-uploading/

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/10521813/eclipse-avr-programming-atmega2560

Also, this appears to be the only two four-axis grbl fork currently up on github which add’s M7 coolant mist support by LETARTARE:

https://github.com/LETARTARE/Mega2560-grbl-0.81

This is the hex file I built from the above source code using WinAVR.

— This file is buggy! Try using the older version that ends with 38400.hex —

http://zapmaker.org/downloads/grbl-081-letartare-arduino-mega2560-16u2-57600.hex

 

Here is an older version closer to the original 4-axis (pre-LETARTARE’s changes):

http://zapmaker.org/downloads/grbl-081-arduino-mega2560-16u2-38400.hex

This is the original four axis fork that is no longer present:

https://github.com/EliteEng/grbl

After running and installing and figuring out the proper baud rate, I get a nice new Grbl response, with four axis control (screenshot is for original hex file, not LETARTARE’s, which works at 57600 baud instead):

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