This instructable will show you how to design a Tesseract in Sketchup. A Tesseract is '...the four-dimensional analog of the cube...'. (From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesseract). To complete this instructable, you will need a basic - moderate knowledge of how to use Sketchup.

Step 1: You Will Need

For this instructable, you will need:

1. A computer with the following specifications: http://support.google.com/sketchup/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=36208

2. Sketchup installed on the above computer. If you don't know how to install software then maybe try an easier instructable. If you don't have Sketchup installed then look here: http://www.sketchup.com/intl/en/download/

3. 30 minutes to 1 and a half hours depending on you previous knowledge of Sketchup and how quickly you work. (The first time took me about 2 hours to work out where I was going to start and the best way to construct it).

4. A mouse. Trust me - invaluable.
you should add this to the free 3d printing group to get it made for free: <br />http://www.instructables.com/group/free3d <br />nice step by step instructions!
Thankyou, will do. First ible so wasn't sure how it would go.
Technically, it's not a tesseract unless it can be rotated in four dimensions. As sketchup only supports 3 :( its impossible to make a real one. Basically, if you rotate this, it should look like it's cycling the inside cube to the outside, and vis versa. You probably know this, but I'm trying to avoid having someone else saying that this is &quot;4D&quot;, then arguing about it with someone else, or me.
<p>Well, you can make a model that will act like one on a computer, for example <a href="http://tomkail.com/tesseract/" rel="nofollow">http://tomkail.com/tesseract/</a><br>Just thing of this version on sketchup as a &quot;drawing&quot; of a 4d model, like a cube on paper</p>
Hi jduffy54, yes I do know that technically, a tesseract is a 4d shape, as it is only possible to represent this in an animation, I was going for the 'frozen in time' look for the model. Perhaps someone with animation experience will be able to expand on this and create an 'ible for creating an animation of an actual tesseract. Meanwhile we will have to live with the limitations of model building software like Sketchup.
Yeah, I use sketchup too. There is an animation thing you can do, but I'm not sure if you can move the model in it.

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