Abrasive Waterjet Cutting
Abrasive Waterjet Cutting

Meadow Creature LLC aka the Vashon Waterjet Shop is located at 18850 103rd Ave SW, Vashon, WA (by appointment) and provides expert service with fast turnaround. We are, our customers tell us, like no other waterjet shop - we are the place folks come to in particular with awkward or under-specified art projects nobody else wants to quote, or is simply unable to deal with.  Please contact us at sales@meadowcreature.com or leave a message at 360-329-2250. 

Most of what we cut is for our own product manufacturing.  That's good for you, the job shop customer, because even though the machine is always busy, most of the time we can still put your work at the front of the queue, with 1 to 3 day turnaround for most jobs in stocked materials.

Our specialty is architectural and art fabrication, providing the personal service and extra attention to detail required when working with art materials, in particular unique and expensive materials where the job simply has to happen correctly the first time. In addition to the usual metals, we work with stone, wood, glass, ceramic, plastic and anything else that can be cut safely.

We stock over 20,000 lb of the most common sheet and plate thicknesses:

  • 1008 cold drawn mild steel in 24, 22, 20, 18, 16, 14 and 11 gage
  • 1008 hot rolled mild steel in 14, 12 and 10 gage
  • A36 mild steel plate in 3/16", 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 3/4" and 1" thicknesses
  • 304 2B stainless steel sheet in 26, 24, 22, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 11, 10 and 8 gage; and 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" plate
  • 5052 aluminum sheet in .04", .09", .1", .125", 3/16" and 1/4"
  • 6061 aluminum in .063", .125", 3/16", 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2"

Small projects in stock materials can often be done with same-day turnaround.  

Meadow Creature LLC also operates a small press brake with CNC back gage, and provides MIG and TIG welding, machining and limited finishing services.

Our bread-and-butter is precision cutting of steel, aluminum and stainless steel for short production runs and prototypes, and glass and stone for art and architectural products. Waterjet is particularly cost-effective for short runs because revisions are easy and there is no tooling cost. While there's nothing special about cutting ordinary metals, we do offer an uncommon level of service and attention to detail, including custom fixture design and fabrication for jobs that ordinary workholding cannot accommodate.Our machine's work envelope is 62" square. The catch tank can accommodate a workpiece up to 63" x 82" x 6" thick. (The photo above shows through-cuts in a 6" thick marble slab weighing 600 lb.)  

We work from whatever type of artwork best suits your resources. You can email DXF or AI (Adobe Illustrator) files, scans of paper drawings or photographs, or physically mail paper drawings, full-size or scale templates, or actual sample parts.Please email a drawing or photo, and indicate your material type, thickness and other needs, for a prompt quote.  Waterjet cutting cost in general involves a one-time fee for artwork preparation, and a cut charge that can be quoted per part plus a fixed setup cost, or a flat cost per batch, as suits your needs.  If you must figure your own ballpark cost estimate before contacting us, we provide the following rough rules of thumb. The typical artwork and setup cost for a small job is $75, plus the actual cutting cost based on material type, thickness and required precision. 16ga mild steel or 1/8" aluminum tend to run about $1 per linear foot of cutting, with thicker material increasing in proportion. Jobs in 1/4" steel tend to run $3/lf.  Actual cut cost varies with your geometry, required precision and edge quality - smooth curves and straight lines cost less for the same cut length than sharp angles and lots of small holes.  The above figures are mid-point.

Please visit the waterjet web reference site waterjets.org

Meadow Creature LLC has donated over US $65,000 in in-kind manufacturing services to BURN Design Lab, working to create fuel-efficient and non-polluting cookstoves for the developing world. Your business helps us do this.