About CraneDigital

Our brand: creative excellence, represented by orange – meets the art of engineering excellence, represented by grey. Great engineering deserves great presentation. 

Communication through Visual Intelligence Since 1995

Educated and trained in art, and after 10+ years in advertising, marketing, publishing and computer graphics I realized that to excel at what I was really interested in, it was necessary to focus. Born of the desire to focus specifically on the art of 3D animation and graphics, Sandhill Studios was born in 1995 in the artistic epicenter of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

A year of concentrated 3D work followed, resulting in Sandhill Studios winning early recognition from Fractal Design’s international “Modern Masters of 3D.”

That same year the New York Society of Illustrators opened their annual show to include – for the first time – computer-generated art. Again, 3D from Sandhill Studios was among the honored few to make this show.

CAD Animation

25 Years Later

These awards opened the door to a position writing for 3D Artist magazine where I fulfilled the role of Associate Editor. While also running Sandhill Studios, my role at 3D Artist was, amongst other things, to review software and write how-to articles for the magazine. During this time at 3D Artist I learned a wide assortment of major commercial 3D animation packages and pursued the art of 3D graphics full time.

In 2000 we returned home to Colorado and changed the company’s name to CraneDigital, better reflecting who and what the company had become.

Today – 25 years later – CraneDigital has become a leading industry specialist in creative, visual communications for all media through expert implementation of 3D animation and graphics.

Our Mission

Some of the largest names in industry confirm success of our simple goal: to establish and maintain long-term client relationships by creating excellent work and making our clients look great-while always respecting budgets and deadlines. We’re not the freelancer who would rather be out snowboarding than working. A mature business sense and philosophy encourages creativity, dedication and excellence – reflected in the A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau-after 25 years of doing what we do. What it all means, simply put, is that from beginning to end you can trust us with your project