I've gone through tutorials on how to build circuits and control dc, stepper, and servo motors. I may not understand everything about them internally, but i have a good basic foundation.
Now i'm at a loss for where to go from here. I'm more interested in learning how to make mechanical devices with them than just the electronics behind the devices. While i know that they go hand in hand, i want to learn more about the mechanical aspects of using motors.
I have in mind several ultimate goal projects that i want to work toward, like home automation, model rc vehicles, autonomous robots, etc... But i'm sure that there is more to mechanics that i need to learn before i can jump into a project like that. He who will learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk.
Are there hobbyist mechanical starter kits or starter projects to learn how to make effective use of electric motors? I don't necessarily need a specific product endorsement, but rather a general idea of what important concepts to learn and materials / projects to help me learn them.
My apologies if this question is too broad. I can refine it if deemed necessary.