Alternative answer: Use the SVG importer from my Prototypes paclet:
To install the paclet, run this command:
Note that this paclet has many many functions, but you may be able to ...
Well... (importing your .STL object):
obj = Import["Link.STL"]
...if nothing else a very poor man's solution for simple visual in an interactive interface is just random sampling of points (i know it is far from spectacular :-) but is very light):
Also I ...
Next, I would like to loop the whole process so that I don't have to
copy and paste my code 8 times for each individual file.
Since Import[..., "Data"] worked for you, why not use that?
And now define, in separate cell, a module to process each file