I was needing an array representation of ndindex since ndindex only gives an iterator but array(list(ndindex)) takes too long. There is prob some obvious way to do this I am missing but if not feel free to include this code which is much faster. In [252]: time a=np.array(list(np.ndindex(10,10,10,10,10,10))) CPU times: user 11.61 s, sys: 0.09 s, total: 11.70 s Wall time: 11.82 In [253]: time a=ndtuples(10,10,10,10,10,10) CPU times: user 0.32 s, sys: 0.21 s, total: 0.53 s Wall time: 0.60 def ndtuples(*dims): """Fast implementation of array(list(ndindex(*dims))).""" # Need a list because we will go through it in reverse popping # off the size of the last dimension. dims = list(dims) # N will keep track of the current length of the indices. N = dims.pop() # At the beginning the current list of indices just ranges over the # last dimension. cur = np.arange(N) cur = cur[:,np.newaxis] while dims != []: d = dims.pop() # This repeats the current set of indices d times. # e.g. [0,1,2] -> [0,1,2,0,1,2,...,0,1,2] cur = np.kron(np.ones((d,1)),cur) # This ranges over the new dimension and 'stretches' it by N. # e.g. [0,1,2] -> [0,0,...,0,1,1,...,1,2,2,...,2] front = np.arange(d).repeat(N)[:,np.newaxis] # This puts these two together. cur = np.column_stack((front,cur)) N *= d return cur