What secondary tools should every sublimator invest in?

  • Consider buying a small convection oven for sublimating to large steins, pet bowls, and other products that cannot be done with a flat or mug press. We recommend the Wolfgang Puck pressure oven.
  • If you need to produce large quantities of mugs, consider buying a mug oven or conveyor oven. We recommend Hix ovens.
  • Upgrade your CorelDRAW to a more current version. The cost is low and installing a newer version won’t affect your old version. This is really necessary if your clients send you PDF artwork.
  • Unbranded resources are an easy way to save time and money.
  • Seek out USA-made and USA-coated substrates. Unisub/ChromaLuxe makes all their substrates in Louisville, Kentucky in what is likely the world’s largest sublimation coating facility. At Condé, we coat our own glass, acrylic, sandstone, DyeFlex plastic, and IronClad ceramic tiles.

-David Gross, Condé

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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