Computer-generated iron filing art

Wonbae Yoon, Namil Lee, Kiwon Um, Junghyun Han

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This paper proposes a digital tool which enables users to create the iron filing effects. It is a 2D interactive system, where the user provides a silhouette of a 2D target shape and interactively specifies various parameters of magnets. Then, the patterns of the iron filings are automatically generated through the principle of magnetism. The system also provides a real-time feedback while the user updates the magnet parameters, i.e.; the magnet lines are interactively displayed such that the user can speculate the final patterns of iron filings. The experimental results show that a variety of artwork can be created by the proposed tool.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)889-895
Number of pages7
JournalVisual Computer
Issue number6-8
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jun

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) Grant funded by the Korea government (MEST) (NRF-2012R1A2A2A06047007).


  • Digital artistic tool
  • Iron filings
  • Magnetic fields and forces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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