Expert Model Analysis


PTC University Expert Model Analysis (XMA) deepens your understanding of PTC Creo® Parametric™ models with the push of a button. The PTC University Expert Model Analysis technology has been available since 2011 and offered as a service to PTC customers. Following the requests of our customers, we have released XMA as a product - PTC University XMA Desktop.

Improve Your Modeling Practices

XMA assesses models in 50 areas of analysis around Geometry Quality, Design Intent Strength, and Model Complexity. Each assessment presents your results in a rich, graphical format and teaches you why the results matter. With XMA, you not only get the reports, but you get detailed information on what the findings mean and the impact that improvement can have to your overall productivity.

Find the Needle in the Haystack

An XMA scan is bound to reveal surprises whenever you give it a large number of models. The modeling capabilities in PTC Creo Parametric are powerful and sophisticated, so it is easy to introduce unwanted characteristics and it can be difficult to identify these problems manually. XMA gives you a comprehensive view of potential issues with easy-to-read charts and spreadsheets that highlight outliers among your models.

Align Teams and Departments

You can use XMA to discover differences in the modeling practices between teams in your organization and discover the impact of poor modeling practices on downstream deliverables and models. With XMA, you will have the information you need to standardize your organization’s modeling techniques and drive best practices through teams and departments.

Develop Targeted Optimization Programs

The wealth of information generated by XMA allows PTC University experts to pinpoint where your practices need improvement and to work with you to find the consulting and training on CAD standards that best meet your needs and help prevent poor modeling practices. Whether it is user skill improvement, methods development, or Best Practice Academy Learning Programs, XMA will help PTC University tailor the right user and organization optimization strategy for your company.

Licensing Models


To perform scans of PTC Creo Parametric and Pro/ENGINEER data, XMA requires a licensed installation of one of the following:

  • Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0 (32 bit or 64 bit)
  • Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0 (32 bit or 64 bit)
  • PTC Creo Elements/Pro 5.0 (32 bit or 64 bit)
  • PTC Creo Parametric 1.0 (32 bit or 64 bit)
  • PTC Creo Parametric 2.0 (32 bit or 64 bit)
  • PTC Creo Parametric 3.0 (32 bit or 64 bit) (As of XMA 2.2)

The installation must be on a certified platform for the version installed.  Details of the supported platforms can be found here.

Files to be scanned should be on a local NTFS file system. Accessing files from a network drive or share is not supported.
Note: XMA Desktop does not require an installation of PTC Creo Parametric or Pro/ENGINEER to view reports.

System Requirements


Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Windows XP 64 bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit

Internet Explorer

  • 64 bit Microsoft Internet Explorer version 11 (As of XMA 2.2)
  • 64 bit Microsoft Internet Explorer version 10 (As of XMA 2.2)
  • 64 bit Microsoft Internet Explorer version 9

Microsoft Excel 2007 or later

  • XMA Desktop can export report data to Excel 2007 spreadsheet files