Archives: D3O FAQ

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What is D3O® the brand?

D3O is a British-based specialist materials company that markets a unique patented technology, used to produce a range of shock absorbing materials and products.
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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 D3O® 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.

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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.
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How do I know which material I need?

D3O® materials are split into 3 categories:

Impact Protection – Our original offering focused solely on shock absorption and flexibility.
Comfort and Cushioning – A range of materials that offer a combination of performance and comfort in a lightweight polymer blend.
Footwear – A range of footwear specific materials for underfoot applications.
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I’m confused, do you sell materials or products?

Both! All our materials are available in sheet form and we also sell a number of pre-curved components for applications that we are often asked about. We do a number of limb and back protectors as well as more versatile parts to be used where you need protection.
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