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3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
est. 2000
creating new realities to tell your stories
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
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our studio
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
...
we tell stories
Externa CGI was founded in 2000 by Brian C Knapp and Jim Knapp. Since that time we have developed into a premier CG animation and rendering studio.

We possess technical expertise and a unique ability to thoroughly understand products, processes and services. This allows us to meticulously craft stories through animation and visualization.

Since inception, Externa has helped national and local companies tell product and process stories. We employ an array of leading technologies and techniques to create the most engaging and cost effective solutions. Whether still images or a full animated production, Externa maintains focus on your story and how best to tell it.
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
The team
Our team is made up of creative people with diverse backgrounds inlcuding industrial design and architecture.
Brian C Knapp
CCO/Creative Director

Matthew Knorr
Senior Animator

Jim Knapp
CEO

Brent Kettlehut
Junior Animator

Lindsey Steimle
Intern

We focus on being the best at what we do, and then build teams of experts to complement our own core competencies.
CG Animation
  • Product Animations
  • Architectural Animations
  • Visual Effects
  • Character Animation
CG Rendering
  • Product Marketing
  • Product Development
  • Architecture
  • Environments
Virtual Reality
  • VR : MR : AR
  • Virtual Tours
  • Google Cardboard
  • Virtual Showrooms
  • Virtual Objects
3D Modeling
  • Custom Modeling
  • Engineering CAD Translation
  • Skilled Interpretation
Creative direction
  • High Level Concepts
  • Bringing Ideas to Life
  • Telling Stories
2D Animation
  • Motion Graphics
  • Animated Infographics
  • SFX
  • Video Editing
Illustration
  • Technical
  • Editorial
  • Architectural
  • Info-graphics
Characters
  • Heros and Villians
  • Mascots
  • Spokespeople
WHAT WE DO
The Output
Animation/Motion Graphics - 50%
Rendering - 35%
Creative Direction - 40%
Illustration - 20%
Awesome - 100%
Testimonials
The Input
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"When I started working with Externa, I was pretty green to the rendering scene. I was comfortable in a photo environment where I could plan ahead and art direct on-set. But Externa was willing to teach me what I could expect from the process, and I quickly realized that there were lots more possibilities in the rendering world than I knew; and similarities to the photo world when it came to giving direction. I think we have a pretty good process in place now! The Externa team is always willing (and excited) to share their latest work and personal exploration when they feel like it will move your project in a better or unexpected direction, and they’re realistic about budgets, schedules and project constraints. And last but not least, they have the tolerance to work with fussy designers, like myself, and their clients that like to present challenges along the way. "

Michele Brautnick, I'm an independent Creative Director and Designer.
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"It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Externa term on URBANEER’s adaptable studio apartment animation. Their background experience, and technical understanding, of architectural and furniture design made for seamless conversations and understanding of our concepts and needs. They exude passion and creativity, and are the most down-to-earth guys you’ll ever meet. We had a tight turn-around time, to which they responded by delivering the final animation well ahead of schedule with quality that surpassed our already high expectations. Several people who have seen the video have asked if the photo-real renderings are actual photos of an existing space…yes, they are that good! We look forward to continuing to work with Externa in the future."

Rachael Fountain, Art & Communications Manager, URBANEER
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“I’ve worked with Externa CGI for several years dating back to my previous job with a large office furniture manufacturer. Now that I own my own start-up business, they’ve been a very valuable partner. I’ve pushed them into new markets such as residential dining furniture and senior living casegoods and they haven’t skipped a beat. My new images in these markets are considered best-in-class by my dealers and designers. They’re fast, reliable, and do quality work.”

Dan Gray, President/Owner Land 1 Brands, LLC
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"Working with Externa is the standard for what customer service should be – responsive and timely communication. They understand that business needs are dynamic and can alter the scope of a project. They demonstrate flexibility and readiness to “keep-up” over the life of the project. Pair that with their stellar work and I’m always impressed when I open up the latest revision, or show the finished product to coworkers and customers. Externa earns repeat business and referrals with every project."

Danni Schertzing, Marketing and Communications Manager, Shape Corp.
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"Working with ExternaCGI is a dream. Not only is the work impeccable, but they are super-collaborative, timely and extremely professional. I trust them with my clients and projects as I know they will always deliver beyond my expectations. It's perfection when you can work on really cool projects with really cool people and both factors have been consistent throughout every single one of our joint efforts. I cannot recommend them enough"

Julie Lankes, Box Boom Creative
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"Externa has a creative team that’s unparalleled in their field. From photo-realistic renders, to animated scenes; they deliver a top-quality product that helps our products shine"

Mason Woessner, Marketing Team Designer at Universal Forest Products
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"I rely on Externa CGI as a creative partner for all CGI work. I can depend on them, knowing each project is going to be on time, innovative and effective. They surprise me continuously with the proactive, thorough, and detail oriented approach to every step in the process."

Laura Palma, Art Director
Our Portfolio
We love it when our clients challenge us. Here are some of our greatest successes.
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
Evoqua Water Technologies"Dave the Fish"
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
Scarab Jet Boats Photo Replacement
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
UrbaneerSmall Apartment Space Animation
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
Quality EdgeStep Flashing Animation
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
West MichiganInformation Animation
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
HaworthIntuity Benching Animation
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
Shape Corp3D Roll Forming Animation
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
Medical SupercutAnimation
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
A.A.Laun Photo Replacement
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
New Holland BreweryStop and Taste
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
Architecture SupercutAnimation
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
ABCOPhoto Replacement
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
AnatomicalIllustration
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
Colliers InternationalBridgewater Market
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ODLBrisa Install Guide
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
StrykerPhoto Replacement
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
Tavo Contract Photo Replacement
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
ESI ErgonomicsEdge Evolve
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
Stryker SpineAnatomical Illustration
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
Ronna AlexanderAnimation
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
SkytronPhoto Replacement
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
Shape Corp.Techical Illustrations
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
Knape and VogtTechical Illustrations
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
TEDxAnimations
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
The Right PlaceSite 36
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
ESI ErgonomicsPhoto Replacement
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
ODLBrisa Install
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
Michigan Works!Pete's Journey
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
ODLPhoto Replacement
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MaylinePhoto Replacement
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
UFPIPhoto Replacement
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
ZondervanIllustrations
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
Grand Rapids BalletNutcracker Advert
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
Knape and Vogt8450FM Install
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, architecture, product rendering, CGI, design, low poly
InternalLow-poly Style Animation
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
Delphian SystemsSecuremote Animation
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
StrykerNav3i Animation
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
Spectrum HealthTV Spot
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
Spectrum HealthTV Spot
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
MaylineE5 Launch Animation
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
Grand Rapids ChairPhoto Replacement
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
Knape and VogtPhoto Replacement
3d Rendering, Render, Animation, medical animation, medical, anatomical, anatomy, visualization, archviz, architectural visualization, VR, virtual reality, vive, product rendering, CGI, design, michigan, west michigan, grand rapids
ArchitecturalPhoto Replacement
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