OBJET 24, 30 or Dimension Elite??

To the 3D printer users out there!

I have a budget for a 3D printer of ideally below 25K (£) and have been looking at the OBJET 24 and30 and the Dimension Elite. For a larger budget I have also looked at the OBJET EDEN 250 and the 3D systems projet.

We have had a 3D systems V-Flash for about a year and it takes up too much of my time as it constantly has issues. The quality and accuracy is not great either. Therefore this time I am trying to get as much feedback as possible from users of the machines mentioned above.

Our parts are mainly for fit and aesthetics so from that point of view I am leaning more toward the OBJET as the Dimension Elite may be ABS, so better material properties, but the finish is very rough as it uses FDM. My concern is that I have heard that the OBJET also breaks down quite often, has teething problems and that the ‘durus’ PP like material eats through the printer nozzle/heads which are very ££ and not covered by warranty. So then I’m not sure whether it would be better to compromise on the finish and get the Dimension Elite as that has had fairly good reliability reviews.

If anyone has any feedback from user experience it would be much appreciated!