Solid Edge V18 is a powerful 3D CAD software that helps you design better products faster and more efficiently. Whether you are a professional engineer, a student, or a hobbyist, Solid Edge V18 can help you create, simulate, manufacture, and document your ideas.
But how can you get started with Solid Edge V18? In this article, we will show you how to download and install Solid Edge V18 on your computer, and what you need to know before you do so.
What You Need to Download and Install Solid Edge V18
Before you download and install Solid Edge V18, you need to make sure that you have the following:
A valid WebKey account. This is used for maintenance validation and to access the FTP server where the files are stored. You can create a WebKey account here.
A static IP address registered with your CSR (Customer Service Representative). This is used to ensure that you are downloading the product on an authorized company computer. The download site reads the CSR's database in real-time, so as soon as your IP address is registered, you can download. If you don't know your CSR or how to register your IP address, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A minimum of a T1 line. This is the recommended internet speed for downloading the files. The download size varies depending on which files you need, but the total size is about 1.9 GB.
A license file. This is required to activate Solid Edge V18 after installation. You can download your license file from here.
How to Download Solid Edge V18 Files
Once you have everything ready, you can download Solid Edge V18 files from the FTP server at http://ftp.ugs.com/download.php. You will need to log in with your WebKey account and select Solid Edge V18 from the list of products.
There are five files posted, one for each Solid Edge CD:
SolidEdgeV18.exe = CD 1 - Solid Edge (download size 527MB)
You can download all or some of the files depending on what features you need. For example, if you only need the basic Solid Edge functionality, you can download only CD 1. If you need additional libraries or accessories, you can download the corresponding files.
The download time may vary depending on your internet speed and connection stability. It may take from 40 minutes to 2 hours to download CD 1 using IE 6.0[^1^]. You can use any browser or download manager that supports FTP downloads.
How to Install Solid Edge V18
After downloading the files, you need to extract them to a temporary folder on your computer. You can use any unzip utility that supports self-extracting executable files.
To start the installation process, run the SolidEdgeV18.exe file from the temporary folder. This will launch the Solid Edge Installation Wizard that will guide you through the steps of installing Solid Edge V18.
You will need to accept the license agreement, choose the installation type (typical or custom), select the destination folder, and enter your license file information. You can also choose to install additional components such as Insight Connect or Machinery Library if you downloaded them. 0efd9a6b88