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Ucamco is delighted to announce that universities, educational institutions and schools may now access UcamX, its ground-breaking, all-in-one CAM software suite for the PCB industry, free of charge. By making UcamX available through its special academic licensing programme, the company provides teachers, researchers and students with industry-leading, PCB manufacturing tools, significantly enhancing the entire learning and training process, while reinforcing students' future employment prospects by enabling their proficiency with real-world manufacturing tools used by the world's leading PCB designers and manufacturers.
Academic licenses are provided upon application to the company by bona-fide teaching institutions and individuals, and last one year, during which time program updates can be downloaded as they become available. Licenses may be renewed subject to Ucamco's acceptance of repeat applications. They come without the full support provided to Ucamco's commercial clients although online video training is available in English, and their provision is specifically limited to academic use – their commercial use is strictly prohibited, as detailed in Ucamco's license agreement.
These and the other conditions under which they are granted are available upon application to Ucamco at firstname.lastname@example.org and at the academic licenses page on the Ucamco website.
Ucamco (formerly Barco ETS) is a market leader in PCB CAM software, photoplotting and direct imaging systems, with a global network of sales and support centers. Headquartered in Ghent, Belgium, Ucamco has over 25 years of ongoing experience in developing and supporting leading-edge photoplotters and front-end tooling solutions for the global PCB industry. Key to this success is the company's uncompromising pursuit of engineering excellence in all its products. Ucamco also owns the IP rights on the Gerber File Format through its acquisition of Gerber Sytems Corp. (1998).
Pete Starkey, I-Connect007
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