What equipment is required for shrink wrap sublimation?

First, you’ll need a convection-style oven (not a toaster oven) with enough space to hold the products you want to decorate. The oven you choose needs to be dedicated to producing sublimatable products and should never be used for cooking food.

In my opinion, you should avoid a small oven and purchase a medium to large oven to accommodate the larger products and higher quantities your shop will soon produce. The good news is even a full-size convection oven is a relatively low-cost investment.

Second, you’ll need an internal oven thermometer to monitor the oven’s actual temperature instead of relying on its dial settings. Lastly, you’ll need a heat gun to shrink the film sleeves onto the substrates. Heat guns can be found at almost any home improvement store – we bought ours at Harbor Freight for around $15.

Condé Systems president

David Gross

David Gross is the president of Condé Systems, Inc. For over 30 years, he has developed and built the Mobile, Alabama based company into the premier source for printers, substrates, and consumables serving the sublimation and digital heat transfer industries. David's goal has always been to provide business owners the superior guidance and resources needed to be successful at these exciting and profitable decorating technologies. Gross regularly contributed articles to A&E magazine as part of his “Road to Sublimation Success” series and continues to contribute to GRAPHICS PRO. He has co-authored several books including RTSS: Harnessing the Power of Sublimation for Outstanding Profits, RTSS: Cashing In On The ChromaLuxe Revolution, The Sublimation Journal, and others. He can be reached by email at

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