Recently I blogged (http://zebulonsolutions.com/productizationblog/?p=66)about the challenges of productizing designs that used unobtainium, a mythical material highly desired by some design engineers and marketing mavens. I got a deluge of comments on several forums (thanks for that!), including many companion material options. Some noteworthy, or at least humorous, alternative materials included:
Nobidium: what some companies do when confronted with unobtanium on the bill of materials–thanks Hale
Enriched unobtanium: even better and more rare that unobtanium–thanks Joe
Transparent aluminum: light, clear and a price so low suppliers will pay you to take it–thanks Sheldon
Polynonexistomer: a plastic alternative–thanks Andy
Derillium: a great way to lighten any structure for removing weight… and strength…–thanks Mark
Back to realworldium… oh well.