In our region in the south of Germany there is a high concentration of companies involved in the production of high quality machines, plants and systems for medicine, and machine tools, as well as in various areas of engineering such as mechanical engineering, precision engineering and engineering for the automobile industry. For these products, the optimal production of fine surfaces and small tolerances by means of machining and superfinish machining is one of their key competitive factors.
We provide our industry partners, both domestic and international, with concrete, innovative solutions to specific workplace problems. In the Grinding Work Group founded in 1997, we work together with 20 well-known firms, and in the Carbides and Ceramics Work Group founded in 2015, more than 10 firms. Both work groups were founded with the goal of optimizing and developing specific machining processes.
Most companies do not have the means to carry out their own research. KSF supports firms with its expertise and knowledge of new trends and technology transfer, as well as carrying out research across the field of precision machining.
Every two years KSF runs the "Modern Precision Grinding" seminar in Stuttgart, one of the largest of its kind in the world. Additionally, every alternate two years we also host, together with TechnologyMountains, the Chip Control Innovation Forum. KSF also runs training seminars for industry on a continual basis. The 4-day seminar "Basics of Precision Grinding" offers industry members a theoretical and practical insight into the field of grinding.
Our students and doctoral candidates are closely involved in the ongoing research work and profit from the machines, plant and measuring equipment available at KSF while working on their Bachelor and course project work. Students also have the opportunity to work as student assistants at KSF or to do a practical internship with us.
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.