Alexandre Jum has written two useful scripts this week for how to make spirals and braids in Maya. This is definitely a time saver for modelers. Check out the examples below.
The first one, Spiral, lets you quickly create a looping spirals following a path in Maya.
The second one, Braid, works in a similar way and lets you make braided structures following along a curve. This works with both NURBS and Polygons.
Both scripts can be found to download for free on CreativeCrash. Note that you'll need to be signed in. The scripts work for Maya version 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Download Spiral on CreativeCrash.
Download Braid on CreativeCrash.