D-Shape was founded to realise the creative legacy of two Italian engineering legends – helicopter and Vespa inventor Corradino D’Ascanio and Piaggio engineer Egisto Dini. Since 1993, Dini’s sons Enrico and Riccardo have offered divergent solutions to process and product challenges across industries including automotive, aerospace, textiles, and more.
In 2004, after seeing office-scale 3D printers, the Dini brothers had a vision to scale up the technology for architectural construction. D-Shape was born from the idea of revolutionising building through 3D printing automation.
Today, D-Shape is a pioneering 3D construction printing company active across sectors and expanding globally with offices in London and Hong Kong:
Maritime – 3D printing coastal protection modules, artificial reefs, and more
Construction – Large-scale 3D printing of buildings and components using recycled materials
Environmental – Selection method and automatic separation of containers for liquids with artificial vision and with RX filters; methods for the remediation of arid soils
Urban Design – 3D printed furniture and architectural elements
Military – Implementing anti-ballistic protection systems
Archaeological – Replicating historic monuments like Palmyra Arch
D-Shape has partnered with leading research institutions like European Space Agency, ENEA, CNR, Scuola Superiore S. Anna, TU Delft, ETH Zurich, MIT and companies like Hong Kong Airport Authority, BASF, OMYA, Arup and Foster + Partners.
Our globally recognised projects showcase Italian innovation while advancing 3D construction technology. D-Shape continues the legacy of our founders by offering groundbreaking solutions for the architecture of tomorrow.