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HUBB Oil Filter

Winner - Spark!

Competition: Spark:Product
Designer: Bob Riccomini - CTO/Principal
Design Type:
Company / Organization / School: Whipsaw Inc
Website: http://www.whipsaw.com
Team Members: Bob Riccomini & Marco Berkhout for Whipsaw Inc & Christopher Hubbard for HUBB Filters Inc.

HUBB is a lifetime reusable oil filter for use on any car or truck. This all stainless steel filter captures five times more contaminants and drastically reduces oil flow back pressure, which increases fuel efficiency and reduces carbon emissions. Conventional oil filters use paper pulp material that clogs quickly, becoming useless and putting a drag on the engine. Furthermore, 400 million oil filters in the USA alone are thrown away annually, causing a major waste problem. HUBB uses a primary and secondary filter to greatly increase the filter area in order to improve efficacy. The filters are a unique micro-woven 316L surgical stainless steel mesh. The mesh porosity is sized perfectly to capture debris in the oil but allow for easy flow, unlike paper pulp which has uncontrolled porosity. Every 10,000 miles HUBB is removed, disassembled, bathed in biodegradable soap, and then put back in the car. HUBB’s lifespan is more than 50 years.