I'd like to say that this announcement is a complete shock....but I'm afraid to say that I'm not totally surprised to read the sad news of a pioneer in the design and supply of rolling stock for T gauge makes a decision to close down his Shapeways shop.
Interest in T gauge has plateaued over the past year or so with the slow down in new products and lack of improvement of not-so-good products from Japan. This combined with the high cost of Shapeways products due to one reason or the other has had a dampening effect on new people taking the plunge into T. I'm also saddened by the much reduced activity on the forum in the past few months....which in itself is a direct indicator in many turning away from T.
I do hope Ozrail reconsiders shutting his shop down completely and doesn't remove his extensive range of products from sale.....although it sounds as if the decision has been made. I personally would like to thank Oz for his input into the hobby and wish him well in his future ventures.