3D Type in Maya

Create > Type

Change the Text and the Font

Switch to Geometry Tab

Change Curve Resolution to 8-12

Expand Deformable Type Tab. Check the Deformable Type checkbox.

Even out the cap divisions. I adjusted with the following settings:

I adjusted the extrusion profile and fine tuned the settings.

Something COOL like this.

Select the type and separate the geometry. Mesh > Separate

With the separated letters still selected, Center Pivot points

Now make a simple or word complex sculpture