A Good Sublimation System Is One with Parts that Work Together

Would you buy the parts for your car and attempt to piece them together on your own? The same goes for sublimation equipment.

Let’s say you wanted to buy a car. What do you do? You go down to the dealership, buy the car, and drive off. Another approach would be to buy the parts to a car and customize the car with the parts that you think would give you the best car. In other words, you do everything yourself – building, troubleshooting, maintenance, etc. In today’s world, that second option would be considered completely insane. The same goes with sublimation equipment.

One of the biggest challenges in sublimation is that there are so many components in a machine that if people buy a few things from here and a few things from there and put them all together, ultimately, it’s an unsupportable system.

For no more money, you can buy complete systems that are proven to be reliable, cost-effective, and easy to support. The solutions today match a printer with an ink, with a paper, with a substrate, and with a software for proper color management. Without such, it becomes a huge problem to get great flesh tones, and your graphics will likely have a strong yellow cast to them – for example, reds will be orange. A good sublimation system has parts that are designed to work together. You are not doing yourself a favor by buying cheap parts and assuming they can meet the same level of quality as a turnkey system.

-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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