This paper presents a non-contact measuring method of geometric errors for NC machine tools based on circular track testing method. Let the machine spindle move along a circular path, the position error of every tested position in the circle can be obtained using two laser interferometers. With a volumetric error model, the 12 components of geometric error apart from angular error components can be derived. It has characteristics of wide detection range and high precision. Being obtained geometric errors respectively, it is of great significance for the error compensation of NC machine tools. This method has been tested on a MCV-510 NC machine tool. The experiment result has been proved to be feasible for this method.© (2008) COPYRIGHT SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.