Zulu Pods Miami, FL
Zulu Pods today announced the production of the ZPod, the world's first self-contained, sealed, oil tank and pump that can be easily installed into existing low-cost expendable jet engines. The patented ZPod, which is small enough to fit in the palm of a hand and is produced with innovative support-free 3D printing technology, marks a revolution in lubrication systems design for single use engines like those found in drones and missiles.
ZPods obviate the need for multiple components found in the bulky, heavy, and inefficient lubrication systems currently in use. They dramatically reduce per-unit cost and increase performance, allowing for either increased flight time or pay-load capacity, while also reducing oil demands by thousands of gallons per year. In addition to its use in expendable jet engines, ZPods can be used in helicopters as a lifesaving lubrication reservoir system. This emergency lubrication system significantly extends flight times in loss-of-lubrication events.
“Zulu Pods' patented technology will allow us to design better aerospace mechanical systems and, ultimately, help to ensure American air superiority,” said Daniella Sladen, Zulu Pods' Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer. “The Aerospace industry has been constrained by legacy mechanical engineering principles, resulting in lubrication systems that are overdesigned, overoiled, and highly inefficient. We have resolved many of the problems and inefficiencies inherent in legacy designs.”
ZPods are produced using state-of-the-art 3D printing technology provided by partner Velo3D, which allows for unprecedented geometric freedoms not found in conventional additive manufacturing. In the near future, Zulu Pods will conduct additional testing to ensure that the ZPod prototype functions optimally. The ZPod will also undergo simulation testing to prove its efficacy for use in real-world mechanical systems.
Zulu Pods is a woman-owned aerospace and defense company focused on reimagining and redesigning more efficient lubrication systems for one-time-use jet engines using the company's patented packaged oil delivery system. By using 3D metal printing, ZPods are small enough to fit in the palm of a hand, offering cost and weight savings as well as increased performance. In addition to ZPods' application in single use engines, they can function as a mechanical system's lubrication reservoir. Initially designed for helicopters, a ZPod reservoir system can extend flight time in a loss-of-lubrication event, which could help save lives and multimillion-dollar assets.
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