2D & 3D Visualization

Detailed 2D and 3D Visualization is a great way to depict scientific equipment, theories, and technology in a way that blueprints and text cannot.  From the largest piece of machinery to the smallest molecule, a 2D or 3D representation of a specific process is the easiest way to share complicated science with those less familiar.  The NETL Multimedia Team can also create 3D moving animations of anything from turbines and pipelines to particle simulations and chemical processes.  2D and 3D illustration is also the best way to visualize a new product or piece of equipment before it enters production.  With any illustration or animation, the Multimedia Team creates detailed, scientifically accurate representations of the subject matter.

General time for completion: 2D models can usually be completed in 2 to 3 days depending on the information available and the detail needed. 3D models can take anywhere from a few hours for a simple model of a CO2 molecule to several weeks for a sophisticated mechanical device. Animation takes place after the models have been completed and follow the same general rule of complex movments takeing more time to develop.

Architectural Visualization

The Multimedia Team can create 3D architectural visualizations to capture the detail, functionality, and overall essence of a building before the foundation is even dug.  3D building models are useful for interior and exterior purposes like building placement on a plot of land, landscaping, construction projects, interior remodeling, and 3D map creation.

General time for completion: 3D visualization requires attention to detail and requires photo support. This process generally takes from 2 weeks to several months for more complex designs.

View examples of our 2D & 3D Visualization work here.


NETL 3D/Motion Graphics Production Process

The five step process includes:

  1. Development
  2. Pre-production
  3. Production
  4. Post-production
  5. Distribution



  1. Identify target audience /end users
  2. Write synopsis of goals to satisfy the client’s needs
  3. Determine methods to complete goals


  1. Collect reference images
  2. Conceptualize with sketches and define style/scale
  3. Draft storyboards based on script
  4. Locate/schedule outside talent for narration or other services (follow video production procedure for planned videos)
  5. Prepare list of models needed


  1. Develop individual models
  2. Texture models
  3. Combine individual models in to scene
  4. Light the scene
  5. Create camera movements from storyboard
  6. Render layer passes


  1. Composite all layer passes
  2. Add effects/motion graphics to final piece


  1. Archive final production using Multimedia’s standard operation procedures for finalized and approved productions
  2. Burn project  to requested media types (DVD, Blu-Ray, CD)
  3. Backup raw production files