Cutting a cube

How many cuts are necessary to divide a 4 x 4 x 4 cube into 64 identical smaller cubes? Rearranging pieces between cuts is allowed.


9 cuts: 6 vertical and 3 horizontal cuts

need to "free" interior cubes, requiring at least 6 cuts; but is that minimum achievable?

6 cuts: two vertical and one horizontal cut to make eight 2 x 2 x 2 cubes; stack them; two vertical cuts to make 32 pieces 2 x 1; stack them; one vertical cut to make 64 pieces 1 x 2.

Your experience

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Last updated 30 November, 2004