Workflows and Solutions
Creating Pipes Using Smart Apply
Smart Apply has the ctrl behavior or converting to a curve and setting expand as the operation.
To show this in action.
Alternatively users can convert a mesh to curve and use the Hard Ops Q options for adjustment.
Smart apply just makes it easier to pull off. By consolidating some of the keystrokes.
Using Bwidth (3) to create spacer geometry
First I will use a cylinder with ctrl + shift + numpad minus to do an edit mode boolean operation.
While the edge I want to bevel is still selected, I will use Q >> Bwidth (ctrl) to add a bevel to the selection.
After applying and cleanup it is a little more manageable.