D3O is a ground breaking impact protection solutions company that licenses a range of unique patented smart materials. This market changing technology is used to produce a shock absorbing material which can be found in a range of products across the motorcycle, sport, footwear, electronics, military and workwear sectors.

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The D3O team is made up of engineers, chemists and designers, each with a wealth of experience in product development. The counter-intuitive nature of the unique technology means that D3O relies heavily on this expertise to ensure that every product that reaches the market place is ideally suited to the intended application. Data is the foundation of everything D3O does. From concept design to the finished product, D3O always asks, “Is this fit for purpose”.

The market sectors that D3O operates in require stringent testing and certification of materials and products. The material specialists characterize each technology.

Facilities that include in-house CNC machines for prototyping moulds, material processing machines and microscopes.  Also work with key technical partners.



D3O materials are engineered to be fit-for-purpose but as a solutions provider D3O is also able to customize the various formulations to a partners specific requirements.


D3O is an extremely clever, globally unique technology that is based on the innovation of capturing the benefits of non-Newtonian shear thickening material in polymers that can then be engineered for real world impact protection solutions.


These enhanced properties offer a number of different performance benefits depending on the base polymer used and the intended application.
D3O’s global patents ensure that no other company can offer the same type of protection.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are D3O protectors better than hard armour?

D3O materials react to the unique impact environment e.g. at high speeds they provide a different level of impact protection to at low speeds. D3O’s foamed protectors are inherently soft and comfortable to wear under your clothes. Because of their high performance levels, they can be lower profile and less bulky, so more people prefer to wear it. D3O delivers the most flexible, comfortable and discreet protection on the market and it consistently outperforms traditional foam based protection.

Is D3O one material?

No! D3O offers a whole host of different material formulations, each engineered for specific markets and applications. Visit our Materials section to find out more.

How does the technology work?

D3O manufactures a smart material with high shock absorbing properties used to make foam and non-foam polymer blends.

In standard conditions, the molecules within the technology flow freely allowing the material to remain soft and flexible, but on impact, they lock together to absorb impact energy and reduce the force transmitted. The molecules instantly return to their flexible state.

The material is strain rate sensitive which means the stronger the impact, the more the molecules react, and better the protection.