We chose to work with Salient because the team possessed a rare combination of qualities – passion and belief in our product, creativity and the expertise required to realize our ideas within the required budget and timeframe. They are also just great people to work with. – Anita Murphy and Rory O’Connor, Inventors and Co-Founders, The Creativity Hub, Belfast, Ireland
First off, David Yakos is a visionary. It’s a great feeling to be part of the process as he latches onto the essence of what we want to accomplish and builds out design ideas from there. I am also impressed with how detail oriented Salient is. In the toy industry we need “best effect at least cost,” this requires a blend of creativity and carefulness. Salient got this right away for us and has already delivered two great products and a test prototype to flesh out a third concept. We are definitely coming back for more! -Bill Ritchie, ThinkFun CEO and Co-Founder
Salient was an integral part of bringing my concept of a precise and ergonomic touchscreen stylus to market. When we launched our products at the International CES 2013, engineers from large companies such as Sony and Cisco remarked at what a simple, well-executed and necessary product we had developed. — Sri Vellanki, M.D., Founder, Tech Tips, LLC
Over the last five years Salient Technologies has enabled us to make swift and accurate design modifications to our ROC Wheelchair. As we continue to expand our operations to manufacture the ROC Chair throughout the world we are constantly challenged by the availability of quality materials. Being able to work with Salient Technologies’ talented engineers has allowed us to make modifications in the design in order to incorporate local materials while retaining or structural geometry and many features of the ROC Chair for the end user. — Andrew Babcock, Executive Director, ROC Wheels
Besides being really great guys, what I love about working with Salient Tech is that they feel like an extension of our team. They want to help us design the best possible product and they focus on the consumer experience the same way we do. I think they understand that the better our products perform, the more projects we’re going to bring their way. We’re on at least our 8th or 9th project with them! — Scott Billadeau, Liquid Planet Founder & CEO
Salient helped me do what I could have never done alone: design a product that held true to my vision but could also be manufactured in quantity. Working with them is a perfect blend of professionalism and fun! —Martin Reaves, Founder, Monolithic, LLC
Salient provided the engineering expertise that took our new product idea from paper sketches to essential manufacturing files. — Megan Decore & Dana Falconi, Founders, CoreFalcon
Salient helped us visualize products that have proven to be great sellers. The experience in design and tool creation, along with the understanding of our market and its demographics, have really helped us collaborate efficiently with great success. I enjoy working with them and always look forward to future projects. — Spencer Williams, President, West Paw Design
As a career inventor I am constantly coming up with new ideas and pitching them to multiple audiences. Salient helps me keep up with this rigorous schedule with their ability to affordably develop ideas into presentation ready material in a matter or days. — Jared Joyce, Inventor, Jared Joyce
We have worked with Salient on the design of all our products. Though we are in Florida and they are in Montana, communication is easy and results are fast. They do a great job of creating design sketches and detailed 3D models come soon thereafter. They listen carefully and respond quickly to design change requests. They also think carefully about details, so when the 3D model is ready for SLA prototyping, the first prototype is generally ready for production! Finally, Salient has a great network of suppliers, so we’ve been able to get very competitive prices on SLA models, tooling, plastics and metal parts. — John Hamann, CEO, iBike
I have been fortunate to have worked with Salient Technologies, Inc. on various projects – a plumbing device, a tablet computer device and several unique aerosol products. The entire team at Salient helps brainstorm needed functions and aesthetics, create renderings, and basically make my products work and look good! They take my concepts and turn them into attractive working prototypes, all with a positive can-do attitude with little stress. Salient is perhaps the finest group of professionals I have worked with, as they not only have talent, but creativity and enthusiasm. — Steve Mangold, President, Pro-Defense, LLC“
We gave (Salient) a very challenging reverse engineering project that had intimidated most of the engineers, machinists and manufacturers who’d looked at these for the past 136 years, the Merwin Hulbert 1878-1882 model revolvers with only original revolvers to work from. Not only did they do an exceptional job of analyzing and turning it into useful CAD, there was considerable value engineering thought put in by all the crew at Salient that made it far more than a drafting project. They considered purpose, function, durability, safety, likely points of wear, standardization for manufacturing, manufacturability, historical fidelity, aesthetics, etc. and considered them simultaneously which greatly helped keep the project on track. They’re fast and careful which is almost impossible to find and cheerful in the face of uncertainty like only the best engineers are. — Al Jones, Division Head, Merwin Julbert & Co.; CFO, Sharps Rifle Company
Salient has been awesome to work with and has gone the extra mile for me in getting my net into the marketplace. — Mike Westfall, President, Blue Ribbon Nets
I had been sketching gun parts for a couple years with the dream of one day making them a reality. My background is banking and I had no idea where to start. Someone told me about Salient Technologies. In my mind, I figured there was no way anyone would take my chicken scratch drawings and make heads or tails of them, but it was worth a shot. Both Steve and David sat down with me and showed sincere excitement about my ideas. They were then able to take my drawings, turn them into “real” schematics, and even helped me get the manufacturing set up. Today these ideas are now a reality. The Tikka Performance Center has become one of the largest aftermarket suppliers of Tikka rifle parts in the world. Thank you Salient! — Jason McHann, President, TikkaShooters.com
“I appreciate Salient’s professionalism and our excellent working relationship while designing and building the Windmaker welding helmet prototype. I … look forward to using your services again in the future.”- Michael Buckman, Universal Healthier Helmets
“I found working with Salient quite easy. They always had time to discuss my design while in progress. When it came time for Salient to work with my contract manufacturer and injection mold house, they were always prompt and professional and kept the project moving. We needed a last minute change to our design and Salient didn’t hesitate to provide the required change. I look forward to doing more business with Salient Technologies, Inc. in the future.” – Doug Roberts, President, FLAT EARTH CATWORKS
“Salient Technologies was recommended by my patent attorney as the engineering group who could best take my project to the next level. I have been impressed with the all around level of professionalism at Salient.” – Walton Smith, OD, www.waltonsmith.com
“Salient Technologies offered us compelling value and quality of innovation compared to other Design companies we have used. One critical measure for us was accessibility to top company representatives, and their timely responsiveness to our needs. An overall excellent experience for us!” -Don R. Mealing, President, MEP Tech, Inc.
“Salient Technologies has been wonderful to work with. From initial draft to final revision, our animation has been created exactly how we envisioned. When many other design firms fell short with our concept, Salient had the knowledge and vision to deliver. They provide quality work for a fair price. Looking forward to working with them in the future for all of our technical animation needs.” -Dan Jackson, IT Manager, Seal Master Corporation
“I couldn’t have built this product in the timeframe I did without the expertise of the Salient team. They blend a great mix of engineered functionality and design aesthetic. I love that when we reach a problem to overcome, it’s a groupthink that benefits from many different perspectives. I’m very impressed with what they can accomplish, not only on my project, but also the variety of others they’ve worked on – especially considering how much time they spend in Nerf gun battles. :)” -Niki Singlaub, Founder, Hydaway Bottles
“I presented Salient Technologies an idea and a sketch of my invention. From there they created very detailed 3-D drawings, which made it easy for me to make the changes necessary for the final product. The prototype Salient provided really helped get a feel for the for the actual product prior to manufacturing. [Salient] made the entire process from the initial meeting to final patent application an easy and exciting experience.” -Ron Turner, Anchor Pull
Salient has been a great help to Big Horn Valve in developing our new MagBall™ valve. Their creativity and promptness in getting drawings out for review has been crucial. – Kevin Burgess, CEO, Big Horn Valve, Inc.
Salient has been a vital part of The Ripple product development process not only from an engineering perspective but also in terms of design conception and education. Developing an innovative and functional product is not a black and white process and what separates Salient from the competition is their willingness to dive in and explore all the possible ways your product can look and function. I would definitely recommend Salient to anyone who is ready to turn their idea into a reality. – Kevin Scharfe, Founder, Warum Studios, LLC
“I was introduced to Salient Technologies via one of my co-workers and what a great introduction this turned out to be. David was passionate for our project beyond my expectations and I was very impressed by his attention to detail as well as his enthusiasm. Salient’s level of detail for both production and aesthetics made them the perfect choice for my needs. I can’t say enough about how much I’ve enjoyed working with David and how much I appreciate his passion. His expertise in injection molding and 3D files provided were exactly what I needed. I highly recommend having Salient Technologies on your creative and production team. Thank you again!” – Paul J. May, Vice President, Creative & Production, USAopoly
Steve SanfordCEO and President/Lord of Awesome/Tech-Master
David YakosCo-Owner, Director of Creativity/Mad-Scientist/Inventor Extraordinaire
JoelSenior Designer/DJ/Weekend Warrior
ChristinaOffice Jedi/Visual Graphic Composer/Keeper of the Domain
RossCreative Engineer/Raft-Master/Evil Knievel Impersonator
SethIndustrial Designer/Fly Fisherman/Space Laser Guru
KirkIndustrial Designer/Creative/Outdoor Enthusiast/Resident Explorer
DanielMechanical Design Wizard/Mechanical Master/Problem Solving Expert
StephanieQuickbooks Conjurer/Accounts Manager/Paycheck Maven
TracyArtistic Fabricator/Creative Engineering
BeccaIndustrial Design Ninja
Salient Office DogsL-R: Pepsi, Obi, Lola and Kaida
Salient/HATCH MentorshipThis could be YOU!
Salient Technologies Inc. partners with HATCH to provide project based Mentorships
for Bozeman college students. If you’re interested in being mentored by Salient, email us at email@example.com, and we’ll keep you updated on when the next scheduled program begins.
InternThis could be you!
Every once in awhile, we hire an intern. Both Seth and Tracy are former interns-turned employees. Interested? email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Career OpportunitiesJoin the Salient Team!
Think you have what it takes to be part of the Salient Team? Does your experience back it up? Send your resume, portfolio and sample Solidworks files to email@example.com
We’re always keeping an eye out for amazing additions.
Salient Technologies, Inc. is a creative product development firm fully capable of turning your ideas into reality. Located in beautiful Bozeman, Montana, our talented team helps leading brands and manufacturers achieve a competitive edge in the marketplace.
Salient offers a wide variety of services to help take what’s in your head and put it in your hands. We’ve worked with – and designed for – just about every industry, working alongside clients from inspiration to production in product design, reverse engineering, 3D modeling, prototyping, animations, patent illustrations, photo-realistic renderings, design for manufacturing and more.
We’ll let our work speak for itself, but we’re pretty confident once you’ve met us you’ll wish you’d found us sooner!