The History of the Institute of Precision Machining

The KSF (Kompetenzzentrum für Spanende Fertigung) was officially founded within the Institute for Applied Research at Furtwangen University in January 2001 under the leadership of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Taghi Tawakoli. Since 1 September, 2013,  Prof. Dr.-Ing. Azarhoushang  has been the Director of the Institute. In December 2015 the Institute was renamed, The Institute of Precision Machining, as a result of the demand from industry for research and teaching in the areas of machining with geometrically defined and undefined cutting edges. There are currently 13 research fellows and several students working in the Institute, all of whom are funded by third party funding.

Main focus and activities of KSF

  • Optimization of precision machining processes
  • Solutions for machining problems for industry
  • Tool and process development
  • Machine tool development
  • Seminars
  • Training for industry
  • Teaching of students, assignment and supervision of theses and student project work
  • Assignment and supervision of doctoral theses
  • International networking and cooperation with other research institutes worldwide
  • Literature research for industry partners

Contact address

Furtwangen University
Institute of Precision Machining
Jakob-Kienzle-Str. 17
78054 Villingen-Schwenningen

Tel: +49 (0) 7720 307-4328
Fax: +49 (0) 7720 307-4208
Email: ksfinfo(at)