I agree with a lot of the suggestions people are making. These are all things I’ve looked at in the past too, except the wax coater; I hadn’t thought of that. But none of this is waste to look into. I’d point out that I only found the other sickbay device because I was looking for pictures of the wrong thing, and the right thing was in the same picture. Pure chance.
Well, chance, except that they were both medical devices and Norbauer had suggested a medical device as the possible solution. It might be worth investigating if this item is also sourced from some kind of medical device too.
One of the reasons I’ve looked so much at printers and laminators and whatnot is because I thought it could have an art department connection, as some piece of equipment they either had laying around or were familiar with.