A very cool material is Hylite, which is comprised of sheets of aluminum bonded to a polypropylene core. Why bond metal to plastic? Because once you mill off a thin strip of aluminum from either side, boom, you've got a metal sheet with a living hinge.
Hylite is being used to excellent effect by California-based computer accessories maker AviiQ, whose folding Portable Laptop Stand has been named a CES Innovations 2010 Design and Engineering Award honoree. Check out how it works, simple and sweet: