Stepoko: Powered by grbl Hookup Guide

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Firmware: Configuring grbl and Calibrating

This section covers calibration of the axes. The settings take a parameter of steps required for each millimeter of motion, but factors such as microstepping and mill geometry come into play.


When working with a new motor, a few steps need to be taken to get it moving correctly

  • Get the number of steps per revolution
  • Decide on microstepping value
  • Determine ratio of motor revolutions to carriage motion
  • Calculate steps per mm
  • Drive the carriage a known distance
  • Measure error and apply to settings

The Initial steps/mm Setting

If using a mill with known geometries, you're in luck! Punch in the steps/mm as given.

If using recycled parts or variable materials (like belts), do some basic math to get an approximate first-setting.

Do This for Each Axis:

While turning the motor, measure the distance traveled in mm. Then, calculate steps per mm based on

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For example, with a 200 steps/rev motor that travels 42mm per revolution and 1/2 microstepping,

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Now, using the 'machine control' tab in Universal Gcode Sender, instruct the mill to move 1 inch (or some number of millimeters). Is it close? Reset the mill, mark the location and repeat. Make a measurement of the true movement.

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Now, modify the original setting by a ratio of the expected and measured movement. Another way to think of it is, what's the percent error?

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For my example, I intended to drive 1 inch but actually drove 1.3 inches. I take the original setting of 9.52, multiply by 1/1.3 to get 7.32. After programming the new setting, the movement is dead-on (or bang-on if using mm).