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Renowned Soccer Whistle Designed with ZW3D
"Nothing could be left to chance so we turned to ZW3D as the ideal design tool." — John Yair Designs
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What is a soccer game without the high pitched peal of the referee’s whistle - the penetrating noise cutting through thousands, carrying for miles - the ultimate in football match control.

 

Selecting the right whistle is therefore essential. For over 100 years, football referees throughout the UK have been using ACME whistles, in particular, the famous ACME Thunderer. With their clear penetrating trill, they have become the whistle of choice for international sports federations. ACME whistles are now the world's most successful. There is not a major football league that has not been graced by them.

 

\History behind the Thunderer
What is a soccer game without the high pitched peal of the referee’s whistle - the penetrating noise cutting through thousands, carrying for miles - the ultimate in football match control.

 

Selecting the right whistle is therefore essential. For over 100 years, football referees throughout the UK have been using ACME whistles, in particular, the famous ACME Thunderer. With their clear penetrating trill, they have become the whistle of choice for international sports federations. ACME whistles are now the world's most successful. There is not a major football league that has not been graced by them.

 

History behind the Thunderer
The Thunderer’s history dates back to the 1870s when Joseph Hudson, a Birmingham trained toolmaker, developed the police whistle which was to replace the heavy and awkward hand rattle. Immediately adopted as the official whistle of the London Metropolitan Police, Hudson went on to revolutionise the whistle world with the ACME Thunderer. The whistle, which is still the world’s leading pea whistle, was later taken up by referees because it offered reliability, control and power.

 

The first major sports event to be refereed with a whistle was a soccer match held in 1878 at Nottingham Forest Football Club. Before that, the referee had signalled to players by using a handkerchief. The whistle he used was pealess, brass and made by Hudson. Later this whistle was to become the ACME Tornado.

 

With increasing demand for a pealess whistle from referees world-wide, ACME decided it was time to update the design of the Tornado with a more contemporary design that was in vogue with the modern football game.

 

The Task
ACME wanted to design and manufacture a pealess whistle that could still cut through the crowd. They were looking to design a whistle that was smaller yet still looked powerful, could be moulded in plastic, have clean lines for a sleek appearance and was ideal to handle. Another important consideration was the whistle had to retain the same sound quality referees and ACME have come to demand. For this, they approached industrial design company John Yair Design.

 

\John Yair
John Yair, a well-established industrial design company founded in 1974, offers a complete design and prototyping service, from initial design concept to prototyping design, as well as their own tooling and prototype moulding service.

 

The company's task was to design a pealess whistle in a slim version with two chambers that would retain the sound and reach the same pitch of the original Tornado. This was achieved by tuning each of the chambers to a slightly different pitch in order to emulate the original warble of the pea whistle.

 

Nothing could be left to chance so John Yair turned to ZW3D Overdrive as the ideal design tool.ZW3D Overdrive ensured that the finished model would meet all requirements and expectations when it reached the production process.

 

John Yair explains: “With ZW3D Overdrive, we began building a digital model of the whistle. Detailed dimensions could be added and taken away if needed. We could step back through a design if something fundamental needed changing. This ensured that when we needed to commit to a detailed engineering drawing we could do so quickly and without fear of complications.”

 

Simon Topman, Managing Director from ACME comments on the new Tornado:
"John Yair explored many different avenues. As a result a highly successful Tornado was designed. We were not only impressed with the way that John Yair and ZW3D Software provided not just a good looking and high performance product, but that all the manufacturing problems were addressed too.

 

“The new Tornado has all the features we requested, most importantly, a loud, clear and totally consistent sound that is 100 percent reliable – referees know how important that is.”

 

Through ZW3D Overdrive, John Yair has been able to improvise and improve the new whistle to meet the rigorous new standards demanded by ACME and FIFA officials. The new ACME Tornado keeps in line with ACME's record of faultless performance and unique sound.

 

Note: VX CAD/CAM software and technology has been acquired by ZWCAD Software Co., Ltd. VX CAD/CAM has been rebranded as ZW3D. All the testimonials of ZW3D refer to its predecessor.

 


 

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