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March 12, 2024

In the competitive landscape of dental 3D printing, the UNIZ NBEE distinguishes itself by setting the groundwork as the front-runner in LCD photo-curing technology. 

With their fast speed and extensive material versatility, UNIZ caters to dental practices and labs that prioritize efficiency and speed above all else.

It's interesting to see how they've managed to establish a niche by delivering printers that can not only perform quickly but maintain a high level of detail in their prints. 

UNIZ’s use of UV LCD technology to cure resin at a remarkable speed means that their 3D printers can cure entire layers simultaneously.

They’ve even dubbed themselves as the “world’s fastest 3D printer” with their UNIZ NBEE. Which is undobutely true. This is one of, if not the fastest dental printer on the market.

So let’s dive into what makes this 3D printer, the UNIZ NBEE, so fast in this full review.

Printer Technology

UNIZ NBEE uses innovative LCD stereo lithography. Basically it is a LCD printer that prints very quickly by utilizing a micro-stereo composite and low force stereo peel technology to enhance the structural integrity and precision of prints.

It also has a substantial build platform of 192 x 120 x 180 mm.

Print Speed and Applications

The NBEE is called the fastest 3D printer. And for good reason. It really prints ridiculously fast. Its capable of printing 6 full dental arches in just 5 minutes, ideal for high-volume production.

Other print speeds include:

  • Dental model resin (for orthodontics) = 18 minutes to print 18 models.
  • For dental labs, die models and implant models = 30 minutes at 50µm resolution.
  • For crown and bridge resins, the standard printing time is 20 minutes.
  • Surgical guides can be printed in 12 minutes at 100µm resolution.

To name a few indications, its print speed rivals the other speed demon on the market - the NextDent 5100.

Ease of Use

The UNIZ NBEE is quite easy to use thanks to its plug-and-play operation. The 3D printer requires minimal setup, ensuring a seamless transition from unpacking to operation. 

The printer includes a video and an instruction PDF for easy setup and calibration.

Reliability

So how reliable is the "world's fastest 3D printer"? 

Well the company has included an advanced liquid cooling within the printer and a air purification system in the box. By doing so, they hope to maintain operational temperatures below 40 and enhance the printing environment, extending the printer's lifespan.

Software and Integration

Now we know most 3D printers are fast and equally accurate. So what really sets 3D printers apart in today's market?

We believe its all about software and integration (and the materials, which I'll talk about shortly).

The UNIZ NBEE includes an AI-enhanced software. This software optimizes printing orientation and nesting for dental applications.

It also includes seamless Integration as it is compatible with leading 3D scanning and digital design software such as exocad, 3Shape, and Medit CAD software.

UNIZ Dental software also offers an easy step-by-step workflow from importing to slicing to ensure integration is seamless.

Material Options and Management

I briefly mentioned above that software can be the determining feature of what sets 3D printers apart on the market. 

Well, 3D printer resins and the material options for 3D printers is also a pretty big feature which can ultimately influence what's considered a good printer and what's considered a great printer. 

Now the UNIZ NBEE is an open system meaning you have an extensive range of dental resins to choose from. The 3D printer supports over 40 third-party resins, encouraging experimentation and customization.

The company also has a resin temperature control system within the printer's hardware to maintain optimal reaction temperatures for consistent print quality, especially for third-party resins. The software offers options to create profiles for specific resins.

Investment and Efficiency

Although I mentioned software and material options as determinants for choosing a good 3D printer from a great one, obviously it goes without saying that cost does also come into effect.

The UNIZ NBee 3D printer is priced at approximately $11,000 USD, it offers a balance between advanced features and investment return making it a pretty cost-effective option.

Its resin trays come with replaceable printing films, which are also more cost-effective.

The printer also includes a high power collimated light source which can deliver 16mW/cm² with 95% uniformity, ensuring even curing of resins. So keep this in the back of your mind when thinking about investing in this printer.

Connectivity and System Design

Just like its extensive range of material options, the UNIZ NBEE is versatile with its connectivity options. You can connect to the 3D printer via Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and/or USB.

More importantly, its open system design makes this 3D printer adaptable for a wide range of dental printing needs - making it pretty easy for a positive ROI, don't you think?

Conclusion

3D Printer Ratings

Print Speed

Reliability

Ease of Use

Software

Material Options

Investment Cost

Wash

Cure

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3D PRINTER FEATURES

Printer Type

LCD

Build Platform Size

Medium

Set Up Difficulty

Medium

Cloud Software

Yes - Fully Fledged with AI.

Open System

Closed but many validated resins

Built-in Heater


Connectivity

USB, WiFi and Ethernet

So it's safe to say that the UNIZ NBEE is kind of a big deal in the world of dental 3D printing - it's known for being super fast and reliable, and it can work with a whole bunch of different materials, which is pretty handy.

What's cool is that it plays well with top-notch dental CAD software, has a pretty neat system for managing multiple resins, and comes with some other cool features. This makes the 3D printer a go-to for dental pros who are all about blending speed with the latest tech. Plus, the UNIZ NBEE is great at boosting productivity, making it a smart move for any dental practice that's looking to step up its game.

Let us know if you have a UNIZ NBee 3D printer in your lab or clinic. We'd love to hear your thoughts and personal experience.

About the author 

Dr Ahmad Al-Hassiny

Dr Ahmad is a global leader in digital dentistry and intraoral scanners, carrying out lectures as a KOL for many companies and industry. He is one of the few in the world who owns and has tested all mainstream scanners and CAD/CAM systems in his clinic. Dr Ahmad Al-Hassiny is a full-time private dentist in New Zealand and the Director of The Institute of Digital Dentistry (iDD), a world-leading digital dentistry education provider. iDD offers live courses, masterclasses, and an online training platform, with a mission to ensure dentists globally have easy and affordable access to the best digital dentistry training possible.

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