I know it seems there have been a slew of pipe and tube generating scripts for Maya surfacing in the last little while, and added to that list is another from Stephen Vaifo’ou who has Auto Pipe, which will allow you to create pipe shapes that retain their animation controls.

Quickly create pipes along curves that can be animated

Auto Pipe sports a simple interface and will create uniform pipes along any curve in Maya, and can also create pipes along the edges of polygons, in both cases, the final result still has all its input connections so that i can be animated easily. Check out the Auto Pipe Script for Maya here.