Abrasive Waterjet Cutting
Abrasive Waterjet Cutting

Meadow Creature LLC / Metal Creature is located in the JT Sheffield building at 18850 103rd Ave SW, Vashon, WA (by appointment).   Metal Creature is our custom machining and fabrication business.  Our specialties are rapid prototyping and short run jobs using abrasive waterjet machining, with precision sheet metal fabrication, precision art and architectural welding and finishing, CNC machining, and general problem solving. We offer an unusually wide range of services under one roof, and a $40,000 raw material inventory, enabling fast turnaround of parts requiring multiple processes.  We do things with a waterjet no other shop does.

We're popular with product designers and industrial designers, architects, building contractors, graphic designers, and kickstarts, makers, artists and artisans of all types. 

We also design and fabricate architectural-grade signs in stainless steel, Cor-Ten and aluminum.

Contact us at sales@meadowcreature.com or 360-329-2250.

Stocked materials:

  • 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
  • 304 stainless plate in 1/4", 3/8", 1/2" and 3/4"
  • 5052 aluminum sheet in .04", .06", .09", .100", .125", 3/16" and 1/4"
  • 6061 aluminum in .063", .08", .09", .100".125", 3/16", 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2"

Small projects can often be done with same-day turnaround in stocked materials, or next-day turnaround for materials overnight from McMaster.

Metal Creature operates a MAXIEM waterjet, a Fadal 4020 CNC mill, a small press brake with CNC back gage, and a full toolroom machininst's shop.  Our welding shop offers precision TIG and MIG, stud, and resistance spot welding.  

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